Legislature(2017 - 2018)BUTROVICH 205

04/07/2017 08:00 AM Senate EDUCATION

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Heard & Held
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Moved SB 102 Out of Committee
Moved SB 103 Out of Committee
Moved SB 104 Out of Committee
              SB 102-INTERNET FOR SCHOOLS; FUNDING                                                                          
8:05:40 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR HUGHES announced the consideration of SB 102.                                                                             
8:05:48 AM                                                                                                                    
BRITTANY HUTCHISON,  Staff, Senator Anna MacKinnon,  Alaska State                                                               
Legislature,  reviewed SB  102 on  behalf of  the Senate  Finance                                                               
Committee. She related  that the goals of the suite  of bills are                                                               
to  prioritize  K-12 education  and  how  the legislature  spends                                                               
limited  funds.  They  propose to  improve  outcomes  for  Alaska                                                               
students   and  to   provide  for   efficiency  and   streamlined                                                               
deliveries of education processes  and procedures. Alaska student                                                               
outcomes are  not where they  should be  to be prepared  for life                                                               
after  high  school.  Alaska  students  deserve  a  21st  Century                                                               
8:07:01 AM                                                                                                                    
MS. HUTCHISON  addressed concerns regarding SB  102. According to                                                               
the  Alaska Telephone  Association bandwidth  can be  prioritized                                                               
within the network  and each provider can control  the traffic as                                                               
schools request it  in their contract. All schools  in Alaska are                                                               
currently able to  go up to 25 Mbps, even  those using satellite.                                                               
An  increased internet  capability can  help resolve  latency and                                                               
buffering issues, depending on how  many people/classrooms use it                                                               
at once.  The bill  will not require  any new  infrastructure and                                                               
does not pay for anything but internet services.                                                                                
8:07:56 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR HUGHES noted she would distribute ATA's letter of support.                                                                
8:08:35 AM                                                                                                                    
HEIDI TESHNER,  Director, Administrative Services,  Department of                                                               
Education  and Early  Development  (DEED),  addressed the  fiscal                                                               
note for  SB 102.  She explained  that the fiscal  note is  for a                                                               
library  operations component,  with  $34,000  requested for  the                                                               
increased  E-rate contractor  to  approve  the applications,  for                                                               
technical assistance,  and for regulation  changes. She  said $16                                                               
million  is estimated  in the  grant component  to bring  the 197                                                               
schools up to 25 Mbps.                                                                                                          
8:09:40 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  BEGICH  confirmed that  name  change  is to  the  Higher                                                               
Education Fund.                                                                                                                 
MS. TESHNER said yes.                                                                                                           
8:10:01 AM                                                                                                                    
PATIENCE FREDERIKSEN, Director,  Division of Libraries, Archives,                                                               
& Museums, Department of Education  and Early Development (DEED),                                                               
presented information on SB 102.  She explained that the division                                                               
has been  running the School  Broadband Assistance  Grant (School                                                               
BAG) program  for three years. They  have the capacity to  add 64                                                               
more schools to the School BAG program.                                                                                         
8:10:32 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR BEGICH asked how many schools would be served.                                                                          
MS. FREDERIKSEN  replied that 133 schools  are receiving services                                                               
now; there are  197 schools that would need support  to get to 25                                                               
8:11:13 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  BEGICH said  he would  support passing  the bill  out of                                                               
committee, but  disagrees with the  funding source. He  wanted to                                                               
have more than three days to vet the bill.                                                                                      
8:11:50 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR COGHILL thought the bill was a good solution.                                                                           
SENATOR  COGHILL  moved  to  report   SB  102,  version  A,  from                                                               
committee  with individual  recommendations  and attached  fiscal                                                               
CHAIR HUGHES announced that without  objection, SB 102 moved from                                                               
the Senate Education Standing Committee.                                                                                        

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
SB 99 - Sponsor Statement.pdf SEDC 4/7/2017 8:00:00 AM
SB 99
SB 99 - Legislation Ver. O.pdf SEDC 4/7/2017 8:00:00 AM
SB 99
SB 99 - Sectional Analysis.pdf SEDC 4/7/2017 8:00:00 AM
SB 99
SB 99 - Fiscal Note - EED-ELC-03-31-17.pdf SEDC 4/7/2017 8:00:00 AM
SB 99
SB 99 - Fiscal Note - EED-FP-03-31-17.pdf SEDC 4/7/2017 8:00:00 AM
SB 99
SB 99 - Fiscal Note - EED-PEF-03-31-17.pdf SEDC 4/7/2017 8:00:00 AM
SB 99
SB 99 - Fiscal Note - EED-PK-04-03-17.pdf SEDC 4/7/2017 8:00:00 AM
SB 99
SB 102 - Fiscal Note - EED-LO-4-6-17.pdf SEDC 4/7/2017 8:00:00 AM
SB 102
SB 103 - Fiscal Note - EED-SSA-04-05-17.pdf SEDC 4/7/2017 8:00:00 AM
SB 103
SB 103 - Fiscal Note - EED-ACPE-04-05-17.pdf SEDC 4/7/2017 8:00:00 AM
SB 103
SB 103 - Fiscal Note - EED-APSA-04-05-17.pdf SEDC 4/7/2017 8:00:00 AM
SB 103
SB 104 - Fiscal Note - EED-SSA-04-06-17.pdf SEDC 4/7/2017 8:00:00 AM
SB 104
Comment SB 102 103 and 104-KPBSD Dusek.pdf SEDC 4/7/2017 8:00:00 AM
SB 102
SB 102, 103, 104 Email Comments.pdf SEDC 4/7/2017 8:00:00 AM
SB 102