Legislature(2009 - 2010)CAPITOL 106

04/11/2009 08:00 AM STATE AFFAIRS

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Moved Out of Committee
<Bill Hearing Rescheduled from 04/09/09>
Moved HCS CSSB 72(STA) Out of Committee
<Bill Hearing Rescheduled from 04/09/09>
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHB 106(STA) Out of Committee
Moved CSHJR 31(MLV) Out of Committee
HB 106-VILLAGE & REGIONAL PUB.SAFETY OFFICERS                                                                                 
10:05:57 AM                                                                                                                   
CHAIR LYNN announced  that the final order of  business was HOUSE                                                               
BILL NO. 106, "An Act  relating to village public safety officers                                                               
and regional public safety officers."                                                                                           
[Before the committee was CSHB 106(CRA).]                                                                                       
10:06:09 AM                                                                                                                   
REPRESENTATIVE  SEATON moved  to adopt  the committee  substitute                                                               
(CS) for  HB 106,  Version 26-LS0402\W,  Luckhaupt, 4/9/09,  as a                                                               
work draft.                                                                                                                     
10:06:20 AM                                                                                                                   
REPRESENTATIVE GRUENBERG objected for discussion purposes.                                                                      
REPRESENTATIVE SEATON  explained that  Version W  incorporates an                                                               
amendment adopted  at the last  committee hearing,  which changed                                                               
the   word    "and"   to   "or"   between    "corporations"   and                                                       
"municipalities", on page 1, line 6.                                                                                        
10:06:38 AM                                                                                                                   
REPRESENTATIVE GRUENBERG removed his objection.  There being no                                                                 
further objection, Version W was before the committee as a work                                                                 
10:06:54 AM                                                                                                                   
REPRESENTATIVE REGGIE JOULE, Alaska State Legislature, indicated                                                                
that he would like a member of the committee to offer an                                                                        
amendment to Version W.                                                                                                         
10:07:11 AM                                                                                                                   
REPRESENTATIVE SEATON moved to adopt Amendment 1, labeled 26-                                                                   
LS0402\W.6, Luckhaupt, 4/10/09, which read as follows:                                                                          
     Page 1, line 12, through page 2, line 6:                                                                                   
          Delete all material and insert:                                                                                       
        "* Sec. 2. AS 18.65.670(b) is amended to read:                                                                      
          (b) With funds appropriated for that purpose, the                                                                     
     commissioner of  public safety shall provide  grants to                                                                    
     nonprofit  regional  corporations  for  village  public                                                                    
     safety  officers. If  a nonprofit  regional corporation                                                                
     for  a   rural  area   declines  a  grant   under  this                                                                
     subsection, the  commissioner may provide the  grant to                                                                
     a municipality  with a population  of less  than 10,000                                                                
     willing  to administer  the grant  for the  rural area.                                                                
     Before  awarding   a  grant  to  a   municipality,  the                                                                
     commissioner shall consult  with the nonprofit regional                                                                
     corporation that  declined the grant.  The commissioner                                                                
     of   public   safety    shall   coordinate   with   the                                                                    
     commissioner  of  corrections   when  providing  grants                                                                    
     under  this   section,  and  the   commissioners  shall                                                                    
     jointly  execute   an  agreement  with   the  nonprofit                                                                    
     regional    corporations    or    municipalities,    as                                                                
     Page 2, following line 13:                                                                                                 
          Insert a new bill section to read:                                                                                    
        "* Sec. 4.  AS 18.65.670 is amended by  adding a new                                                                
     subsection to read:                                                                                                        
          (d)  In this section, "rural area" means a                                                                            
     community with a population of less than 1,000 within                                                                      
               (1)  the unorganized borough; or                                                                                 
               (2)  a borough, if the community is not                                                                          
     connected by road to Anchorage or Fairbanks."                                                                              
     Renumber the following bill section accordingly.                                                                           
10:07:24 AM                                                                                                                   
CHAIR LYNN objected for discussion purposes.                                                                                    
10:07:31 AM                                                                                                                   
REPRESENTATIVE SEATON said  Amendment 1 is a  response to concern                                                               
that HB  106 should  benefit all  communities in  the state.   He                                                               
said he worked  with the bill sponsor to  formulate the language.                                                               
He said  it would allow  municipalities to administer  grants for                                                               
the Village Public Safety Officer  (VPSO) program when it is more                                                               
efficient  for them  to  do  so.   Amendment  1  also provides  a                                                               
definition  of  "rural  area".   He  noted  that  the  definition                                                               
includes all the communities that have had VPSOs.                                                                               
REPRESENTATIVE JOULE said he supports Amendment 1.                                                                              
10:09:14 AM                                                                                                                   
REPRESENTATIVE  JOULE, in  response to  Representative Gruenberg,                                                               
said  there is  no VPSO  in Eklutna.   Furthermore,  he indicated                                                               
that there would be no possibility [for Eklutna to have VPSOs].                                                                 
10:10:16 AM                                                                                                                   
ELIZABETH SAGALAQ  HENSLEY, Intern, Representative  Reggie Joule,                                                               
Alaska State  Legislature, in response to  Representative Wilson,                                                               
confirmed  that  in  the  Northwest Arctic  Region,  there  is  a                                                               
nonprofit  [corporation] that  does  not wish  to administer  the                                                               
[VPSO] program, whereas the borough in that region does.                                                                        
10:10:54 AM                                                                                                                   
REPRESENTATIVE JOHNSON  questioned if Chitna, which  is connected                                                               
by road,  would be eligible for  a VPSO under [Amendment  1].  He                                                               
noted that that community's population is less than 1,000.                                                                      
AN   UNIDENTIFIED  SPEAKER   indicated   that   [Chitna]  is   an                                                               
unorganized borough.                                                                                                            
REPRESENTATIVE JOHNSON asked, "So, they would be eligible?"                                                                     
[There was no audible answer.]                                                                                                  
10:11:52 AM                                                                                                                   
REPRESENTATIVE GRUENBERG  removed his  objection to  Amendment 1.                                                               
There being no further objection, Amendment 1 was adopted.                                                                      
10:12:14 AM                                                                                                                   
REPRESENTATIVE  JOHNSON expressed  concern  that  [Version W,  as                                                               
amended] is inclusive rather than exclusive.                                                                                    
10:12:41 AM                                                                                                                   
MS. HENSLEY offered  her belief that any  eligible community that                                                               
wishes to [administer a VPSO program] would not be excluded.                                                                    
10:13:07 AM                                                                                                                   
REPRESENTATIVE  WILSON moved  to  report  the proposed  committee                                                               
substitute  (CS)  for  HB 106,  Version  26-LS0402\W,  Luckhaupt,                                                               
4/9/09,   as   amended,   out  of   committee   with   individual                                                               
recommendations and  the accompanying fiscal notes.   There being                                                               
no objection, CSHB  106(STA) was reported out of  the House State                                                               
Affairs Standing Committee.                                                                                                     

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