Legislature(2015 - 2016)CAPITOL 120

02/26/2015 01:00 PM House MILITARY & VETERANS' AFFAIRS

Audio Topic
01:03:44 PM Start
01:04:15 PM HB61
01:11:20 PM Presentation: Department of Health and Social Services; Alaska Va Healthcare System
02:21:04 PM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
Moved CSHB 61(MLV) Out of Committee
Alaska Dept. of Health & Social Services & the
Veterans' Administration Efforts to Solve the
Veterans' Suicide Epidemic by L. Diane Casto,
Manager, Section of Prevention & Early
Intervention, Dept. of Health & Social Services,
Division of Behavioral Health; Samuel G. Hudson,
Alaska VA Healthcare System Public Affairs
Officer; Courtney Q. Dreher, Alaska VA Healthcare
System Suicide Prevention Coordinator & John W.
Pendrey IV, Chief, Alaska VA Healthcare for
Homeless Veterans & Acting Mental Health
Associate Chief of Staff
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
        HB  61-MILITARY MERITORIOUS AWARD LICENSE PLATES                                                                    
1:04:15 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR HERRON announced that the  first order of business would be                                                               
HOUSE  BILL NO.  61, "An  Act relating  to special  motor vehicle                                                               
registration  plates for  recipients of  the Bronze  Star, Silver                                                               
Star, or other  meritorious service awards; and  providing for an                                                               
effective date."                                                                                                                
1:04:25 PM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE  LEDOUX  moved  to adopt  the  proposed  committee                                                               
substitute (CS)  for HB 61, labeled  29-LS0287\N, Gardner/Martin,                                                               
2/18/15, for purposes of discussion.                                                                                            
[There being no objection, Version N was before the committee.]                                                                 
1:04:56 PM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE LEDOUX moved to adopt Amendment 1, which read:                                                                   
         At page 2, line 5 and page 2, line 8, replace                                                                          
     "bravery" with "valor."                                                                                                    
There being no objection, it was so ordered.                                                                                    
1:05:41 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  HERRON   opened  public  testimony   on  HB  61.     After                                                               
ascertaining that no one wished  to testify, public testimony was                                                               
CHAIR HERRON expressed his understanding  that a zero fiscal note                                                               
was forthcoming.                                                                                                                
1:06:46 PM                                                                                                                    
AMY  ERICKSON,  Director,  Division   of  Motor  Vehicles  (DMV),                                                               
Department of  Administration (DOA), informed the  committee that                                                               
DMV  is  working with  the  Department  of Military  &  Veterans'                                                               
Affairs (DMVA) to allow DMVA to  accept donations and "help us to                                                               
receive the funds," which will enable  DMV to issue a zero fiscal                                                               
note for HB 61.                                                                                                                 
REPRESENTATIVE  LYNN appreciated  Chair Herron's  contribution to                                                               
the bill.                                                                                                                       
CHAIR   HERRON   explained   that   individuals   and   patriotic                                                               
organizations  can  donate money  through  DMVA  so that  license                                                               
plates can be designed as needed, without using general funds.                                                                  
REPRESENTATIVE GRUENBERG stated his support for the bill.                                                                       
1:08:36 PM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE  LEDOUX  moved  to  report CSHB  61,  Version  29-                                                               
LS0287\N, Gardner/Martin,  2/18/15, as amended, out  of committee                                                               
with  individual recommendations  and a  forthcoming zero  fiscal                                                               
note.  There  being no objection, CSHB 61(MLV)  was reported from                                                               
the House Special Committee on Military and Veterans' Affairs.