Legislature(2019 - 2020)BARNES 124

05/10/2019 03:15 PM LABOR & COMMERCE

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* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+= HB 103 STATE GAMING COMMISSION; CARD ROOMS TELECONFERENCED
Scheduled but Not Heard
+= HB 127 DENTAL HYGIENIST ADVANCED PRAC PERMIT TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
-- Public Testimony --
+ HB 93 MILITARY SPOUSE COURTESY LICENSE TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+ HB 113 MILITARY FAMILY EMPLOYMENT PREFERENCE TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
            HB  93-MILITARY SPOUSE COURTESY LICENSE                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
3:46:45 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR WOOL  announced that  the next order  of business  would be                                                               
HOUSE  BILL  NO.  93,  "An Act  relating  to  temporary  courtesy                                                               
licenses for  certain nonresident professionals; and  relating to                                                               
the   Department    of   Commerce,   Community,    and   Economic                                                               
Development."                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
3:46:57 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
The committee took a brief at-ease.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
3:47:01 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MICHAEL MASON, Staff, Representative Chris Tuck, introduced HB                                                                  
93 on  behalf of Representative  Tuck, prime sponsor.   He stated                                                               
that the bill builds on the social contract that people live by.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
3:49:03 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  CHRIS TUCK,  Alaska State  Legislature, as  prime                                                               
sponsor, introduced HB  93.  He paraphrased parts  of the sponsor                                                               
statement [included  in the committee  packet] which read  in its                                                               
entirety as follows [original punctuation provided]:                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     House  Bill  93  calls  for the  Alaska  Department  of                                                                    
     Commerce,   Community  and   Economic  Development   to                                                                    
     prepare   an  annual   report  to   allow  the   Alaska                                                                    
     Legislature to  evaluate the progress  of a  program to                                                                    
     make    temporary   courtesy    occupational   licenses                                                                    
     available  to  the  spouses   of  active  duty  service                                                                    
     members  stationed  in  Alaska.  In  2011,  the  Alaska                                                                    
     Legislature passed  House Bill 28 to  provide expedited                                                                    
     temporary  courtesy  licenses   if  a  military  spouse                                                                    
     possesses a  license from a previous  jurisdiction with                                                                    
     similar requirements  to the State of  Alaska. However,                                                                    
     the bill didn't include reporting requirements.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     Making  temporary courtesy  licenses  available to  the                                                                    
     spouses of  active duty service members  allows them to                                                                    
     practice  their  chosen  trade  without  having  to  go                                                                    
     through  the time-consuming  process  of meeting  state                                                                    
     licensure    requirements   before    beginning   work.                                                                    
     Expediting  courtesy  licenses   for  military  spouses                                                                    
     allows them to  go to work quickly  after relocating to                                                                    
     Alaska,   while  they   work   toward  fulfilling   any                                                                    
     remainder state requirements for their license.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     The requirement in  House Bill 93 for  an annual report                                                                    
     will  allow the  Alaska  Legislature,  the Joint  Armed                                                                    
     Services Committee,  military installations,  and local                                                                    
     communities to track the progress  of the Department of                                                                    
     Commerce, Community and  Economic Development in making                                                                    
     temporary  courtesy  licenses   available  to  military                                                                    
     spouses.  HB  93  also  calls  for  the  department  to                                                                    
     produce  and distribute  informational materials  about                                                                    
     temporary  courtesy licenses  to each  board authorized                                                                    
     to issue such licenses.  The intent of this stipulation                                                                    
     is to  improve the  board's knowledge of  the licenses,                                                                    
     the  application process,  and  the  best practices  in                                                                    
     providing  applicant  support. Additionally,  the  bill                                                                    
     calls  for  the  department   to  encourage  boards  to                                                                    
     designate a  single employee to  serve as the  point of                                                                    
     contact  for public  information and  inquiries related                                                                    
     to temporary courtesy licenses for military spouses.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     The  annual  report  called  for in  HB  93  will  also                                                                    
     highlight many  of the opportunities available  to help                                                                    
     military  spouses enter  the  workforce  in Alaska.  To                                                                    
     date,  a  low  number of  eligible  professionals  have                                                                    
     taken  advantage  of  the  temporary  courtesy  license                                                                    
     program in Alaska, and  many participants have reported                                                                    
     delays.   House    Bill   93   would    help   identify                                                                    
     inefficiencies in the program.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     Legislation similar to House  Bill 93 passed the Alaska                                                                    
     House of Representatives unanimously  last year but was                                                                    
     not taken up by the Alaska State Senate.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Making  temporary   courtesy  occupational   and  other                                                                    
     licenses available  to military  spouses is  a priority                                                                    
     for the U.S. Department of Defense.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
3:51:47 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  HANNAN addressed  the  regulations, pointing  out                                                               
that a  temporary license is issued  for 180 days.   She asked if                                                               
there is a fee associated with the issuance of that license.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
3:52:22 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SARA CHAMBERS,  Director, Division of Corporations,  Business and                                                               
Professional  Licensing,  Department  of  Commerce,  Community  &                                                               
Economic Development, explained that there  is a specific fee for                                                               
each  program offering  a temporary  license, which  is different                                                               
than the full license.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE HANNAN  asked if the  fee can be used  towards the                                                               
state   cost  of   their  permanent   professional  license   and                                                               
associated  fees,  which  will  vary depending  on  the  type  of                                                               
licensure.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MS. CHAMBERS  said that with  43 separate programs  with separate                                                               
statutes and regulations and 22  different governing bodies among                                                               
those, it's  not consistent across  all programs.   Some programs                                                               
offer temporary licenses and others don't  offer one at all.  She                                                               
offered her  belief that an  element lacking from statute  is the                                                               
need  to "beef  up"  the military  spouse  licensing language  to                                                               
compel  various  boards to  do  more  and  take this  issue  more                                                               
seriously.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  HANNAN  questioned  whether that  180-day  window                                                               
affords  people  enough time  to  complete  the Alaska  licensure                                                               
process in those programs which temporary licenses exist.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MS. CHAMBERS  said there  is very  little data  as fewer  than 30                                                               
military  spouses have  ever  applied using  this  program.   She                                                               
opined that  the need is  greater; however, they don't  know it's                                                               
available because of a gap in perception and education.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
3:56:31 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TUCK  pointed out  that HB  93 does  three things:                                                               
produces an annual  report; calls on the  Department of Commerce,                                                               
Community  &   Economic  Development   (DCCED)  to   produce  and                                                               
distribute  informational materials;  and  asks the  professional                                                               
licensing boards to  designate a single employee to  serve as the                                                               
point of contact for public  information and inquiries related to                                                               
temporary curtesy licenses for military spouses.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
3:57:18 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE FIELDS questioned whether  this bill could have an                                                               
impact on licensure for plumbers or electricians.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  TUCK  answered  yes, through  the  Department  of                                                               
Labor.    He   continued  by  saying  that   Alaska  has  relaxed                                                               
requirements   for  electrical   licenses,  and   as  a   result,                                                               
Washington State no longer accepts  them.  In retaliation, Alaska                                                               
no longer  accepts Washington's  licenses, ending  the reciprocal                                                               
agreement that once existed between the two states.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE FIELDS  established a scenario in  which a plumber                                                               
moves   to   Alaska   who  had   not   completed   a   registered                                                               
apprenticeship  in another  state and  wanted to  get permanently                                                               
licensed.   He pointed out  that six months  is not enough  to go                                                               
through  a registered  apprenticeship  and asked  how that  would                                                               
work in terms of timing.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  WOOL pointed  out  that  HB 97  doesn't  pertain to  those                                                               
trades.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
3:59:45 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR   WOOL  asked   if   Alaska   has  professional   licensing                                                               
reciprocity with other states.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MS.  CHAMBERS stated  that  there is  only  one firm  reciprocity                                                               
agreement  mandated by  the federal  government  for real  estate                                                               
appraisers.  She noted that  there is licensure by credential for                                                               
almost all programs,  which means someone with  a similar license                                                               
from another state  can come to Alaska and  use those credentials                                                               
to gain licensure without having to take another national exam.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  WOOL questioned  whether  the  intent of  the  bill is  to                                                               
expedite licensure above and beyond  simple omission of the board                                                               
exam.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
4:01:02 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS.  CHAMBERS said  current law  says department  and boards  may                                                               
issue a  temporary license  to the spouse  of an  active military                                                               
member who  essentially has the  equivalent of a  similar license                                                               
in another  state.  They  can get a  180-day license.   This bill                                                               
requires  filing  a report  and  providing  more information,  it                                                               
doesn't change  licensure in any way.   There's no impact  on the                                                               
credentials, criteria,  or reciprocity, it's just  beefing up the                                                               
administration  and   reporting  back  to  the   legislature,  so                                                               
legislators  have better  tools to  understand the  scope of  the                                                               
problem.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
4:01:52 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TUCK  confirmed that, adding that  it improves the                                                               
state's licensing  boards and processes  and ensures  that Alaska                                                               
has  the  best  practices  in place  to  provide  applicants  the                                                               
support they need.  It  focuses on getting temporary licenses and                                                               
allowing  people who  are licensed  in another  state to  work in                                                               
their fields of trade.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  REVAK thanked  Representative  Tuck  and said  he                                                               
appreciates the intent of the  current bill.  He recalled hearing                                                               
about these licensing  issues for a decade, and as  military is a                                                               
big  part of  Alaska's  economy the  more this  state  can do  to                                                               
benefit their spouses the better.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
4:04:54 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR WOOL asked about reciprocity program for medical doctors.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MS. CHAMBERS said  there is an interstate  licensure compact that                                                               
Representative Seaton introduced several years  ago.  There are a                                                               
handful of  national compacts, which are  private agreements that                                                               
a state makes with a  private organization that goes into statute                                                               
and  allows  interstate  licensure.     She  noted  that  nurses,                                                               
doctors, and a few others have those.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR WOOL  asked if a  nurse from  another state in  the compact                                                               
would get automatic licensure in Alaska.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MS. CHAMBERS  explained that with a  national compact recognition                                                               
an  individual can  move into  another state  and start  working.                                                               
She pointed out that they are  all different, as they are private                                                               
organizations with their own language, fees and trappings.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
4:06:15 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR WOOL said HB 93 was held over.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HB 127.Sponsor.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 127
HB 127.Sectional.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 127
HB 127.Fiscal DHHS.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 127
HB 127.Fiscal DCCED.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 127
HB 127.Fiscal DHHS2.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 127
HB 127.Backup Alaska Dental HPSA.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 127
HB 127.Backup State by State.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 127
HB 127.Backup Support ADHA.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 127
HB 127.Backup Support Jeff Kilgore.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 127
HB 127.Backup Support Letters May 1.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 127
HB 127.Backup Support Letters.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 127
HB 127.Backup Support Melissa Davis.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 127
HB 93.Sponsor.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 93
HB 93.Bill Version A.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 93
HB 93.Fiscal DCCED.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 93
HB 93.Backup REACH Portability Examination.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 93
HB 93.Backup Military Spouse Occupations.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 93
HB 93.Backup Professional Liscensing for Military Spouses.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 93
HB 93.Backup DOD Memorandum.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 93
HB 93.Backup Chamber of Commerce Letter.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 93
HB 93.Backup Evaluation of Liscensure Implementation.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 93
HB 93.Backup How Alaska is Meeting Guideline for Licensure.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 93
HB 93.Backup Military Spouse Flyer.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 93
HB 93.Backup Military Spouse Liscence Statute.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 93
HB 113.Sponsor.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 113
HB 113.Summary of Changes to Version S.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 113
HB 113.Bill Version S.PDF HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 113
HB 113.Sectional.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 113
HB 113.Fiscal Note DOL.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 113
HB 113.Fiscal Note MLV.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 113
HB 113.Backup Atlantic Article.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 113
HB 113.Backup DOD Memorandum.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 113
HB 113.Backup Blue Star Family Survey.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 113
HB 113.Backup Military Spouse Challenges.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 113
HB 113.Backup Military Spouse Employment Plight.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 113
HB 113.Backup Office of US Military Spouses.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 113
HB 113.Backup People Analytics Survey.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 113
HB 113.Backup State Hiring Preference.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 113
HB 113.Military Family Lifestyle.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 113