Legislature(2017 - 2018)GRUENBERG 120
02/08/2018 03:00 PM STATE AFFAIRS
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HB 168-REPEAL ADMIN. REG. REVIEW COMMITTEE [Contains discussion of HCR 10.] 3:35:54 PM CHAIR KREISS-TOMKINS announced that the next order of business would be HOUSE BILL NO. 168, "An Act relating to regulation notice and review by the legislature; and relating to the Administrative Regulation Review Committee." CHAIR KREISS-TOMKINS opened public testimony on HB 168. After ascertaining that there was no one who wished to testify, he closed public testimony. 3:36:46 PM REPRESENTATIVE WOOL commented that he served on the Administrative Regulation Review Committee (ARRC), and it never met. 3:37:16 PM REPRESENTATIVE TUCK commented that he also served on ARRC and related that there were two times in which it had a positive impact. The first was when the Department of Commerce, Community & Economic Development (DCCED) was adopting regulations changing Alaska's marine pilots' role and the required length for ships coming to Alaska; there was a hearing; and the regulations were reversed. The second was regarding real estate agent fees; the administration presented its position; there was a hearing; and the regulation was reversed. He maintained that there is a role for ARRC but possibly not on a regular basis. He stated that recently regulations drafted by the Alaska Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) Board required a costly bill to be introduced. He explained by saying that anything that is not restricted by statute is implied to be allowed. He said that the ABC Board created restrictions contrary to legislative intent regardless of letters sent to the ABC Board from the legislature. He maintained that one of the purposes of ARRC is to ensure that the administration is writing regulations according to legislative intent; ARRC is the legislature's way of making the administration accountable. He stated that he is hesitant to eliminate it in statute. He mentioned that one of the nice things about ARRC is that it is a joint committee of both the House and the Senate. He said that he supports HCR 10. 3:39:40 PM REPRESENTATIVE KNOPP agreed that there is a place for ARRC. He added that since it has not been effective, he supports the proposed legislation and HCR 10. He relayed that he hopes that it would be reconsidered in the future and the legislature would implement something that works. 3:40:35 PM CHAIR KREISS-TOMKINS noted that the oversight function would be carried out in part by standing committees but added that he appreciated Representative Tuck's point regarding the ARRC being a joint committee of both houses. 3:40:58 PM REPRESENTATIVE LEDOUX moved to report HB 168 out of committee with individual recommendations and the accompanying fiscal notes. There being no objection, HB 168 was reported from the House State Affairs Standing Committee. HCR 10-UNIFORM RULES: REGULATION REVIEW 3:41:24 PM CHAIR KREISS-TOMKINS announced that the next order of business would be HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 10, Proposing an amendment to the Uniform Rules of the Alaska State Legislature relating to the jurisdiction of standing committees. CHAIR KREISS-TOMKINS opened public testimony on HCR 10. After ascertaining that there was no one who wished to testify, he closed public testimony. 3:41:59 PM REPRESENTATIVE LEDOUX moved to report HCR 10 out of committee with individual recommendations and the accompanying fiscal notes. There being no objection, HCR 10 was reported from the House State Affairs Standing Committee.