Legislature(2017 - 2018)BUTROVICH 205

02/28/2018 08:00 AM Senate EDUCATION

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07:59:34 AM Start
07:59:58 AM HB214
08:31:05 AM Adjourn
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          HB 214-BREE'S LAW; DATING VIOLENCE PROGRAMS                                                                       
CHAIR STEVENS  announced the  consideration of  HB 214.  [HB 214,                                                               
version 30-LS0781\O, was before the committee.]                                                                                 
PATRICK  FITZGERALD,  Staff,   Representative  Harriet  Drummond,                                                               
Alaska  State Legislature,  presented  HB 214  on  behalf of  the                                                               
sponsor.  He said  Bree's Law  refers to  Bree Moore,  who was  a                                                               
victim of  dating violence that  ended her life. Alaska  ranks in                                                               
the top 10  states with the worst records of  dating violence and                                                               
sexual  abuse,   with  more  than  1,000   high  school  students                                                               
reporting  sexual  dating violence  one  or  more times  in  2017                                                               
alone. Not only  is it a horrifying statistic, but  it is a scary                                                               
glimpse into the  future of generations of Alaskans  who think it                                                               
isn't abnormal to experience abuse in a relationship.                                                                           
MR. FITZGERALD  said everybody  has a  role in  preventing dating                                                               
violence. Bree's Law will address  the dating violence section of                                                               
the  Alaska  Safe  Children's  Act  in an  effort  to  create  an                                                               
effective, knowledgeable  awareness to combat the  horrible trend                                                               
that  plagues Alaska.  Their  hope  is that  Bree's  Law will  be                                                               
recognized   and   identified   in  helping   young   adults   in                                                               
relationships being able  to access any help they  need to remove                                                               
themselves  from  abusive  relationships. Bree's  Law,  which  is                                                               
being referenced  by educators all  over Alaska, is  the informal                                                               
identifier  of dating  violence prevention.  Passing HB  214 will                                                               
make it official.                                                                                                               
8:02:19 AM                                                                                                                    
At ease.                                                                                                                        
MR. FITZGERALD presented the sectional.                                                                                         
     Section  1:  Amends the  AS  14.30.355  portion of  the                                                                  
     Alaska's Safe Children's Act to  be known as the Alaska                                                                    
     Safe  Children's  Act.  This section  also  renames  AS                                                                    
     14.30.356 portion of the Alaska  Safe Children's Act as                                                                    
     Bree's Law.                                                                                                                
8:03:16 AM                                                                                                                    
     Section  2: Establishes  that  all education,  training                                                                  
     programs,  and activities  developed  or undertaken  by                                                                    
     school  districts to  implement AS  14.30.356 shall  be                                                                    
     known   as  Bree's   Law   programs   and  Bree's   Law                                                                    
8:03:36 AM                                                                                                                    
     Section 3: Establishes retroactivity  of Sections 1 and                                                                  
     2 to June 30, 2017.                                                                                                        
8:03:58 AM                                                                                                                    
     Section 4: Establishes sections 1 and 2 of this Act.                                                                     
     Section   5:  Establishes   Section   3  takes   effect                                                                  
8:04:25 AM                                                                                                                    
BUTCH MOORE, Bree Moore's father, spoke  in support of HB 214. He                                                               
said in the Safe Children's Act  Task Force report, at the bottom                                                               
of page 10,  there was a special note. The  task force recognized                                                               
that  additional  curricula  is  needed  for  grades  10-12.  The                                                               
education mandated  across Alaska  grades 10-12  contains nothing                                                               
about the  lethality of dating violence.  No peer-reviewed, data-                                                               
driven curricula  in the country acknowledges  that someone could                                                               
be murdered. They have been working with multiple organizations-                                                                
-the Department  of Education and  Early Development  (DEED), the                                                               
Anchorage  and Mat-Su  School Districts,  multiple Alaska  Native                                                               
corporations--to  create material,  including a  small module,  a                                                               
video, that can  be downloaded with a  short, one-page, question-                                                               
and-answer sheet to use in classroom discussion.                                                                                
8:07:22 AM                                                                                                                    
MR.  MOORE  said  when  they  speak  to  students,  the  students                                                               
identify  with  Bree's  story.   Governor  Bill  Walker  declared                                                               
February teen dating violence awareness  month. Mr. Moore and his                                                               
wife printed and  mailed 3,500 posters to all  359 middle schools                                                               
and high  schools in the  state. The  poster has a  hotline phone                                                               
number teens  can contact. One of  the big gaps is  that teachers                                                               
are  put in  the position  of teaching  something they  had never                                                               
taught  before  and students  did  not  always  want to  talk  to                                                               
teachers. Working  with multiple agencies,  they came up  with an                                                               
800  hotline  number  staffed  by   trained  advocates,  part  of                                                               
national   teen   dating   violence   awareness   prevention   by                                                               
loveisrespect.org. Teens, parents, and teachers  can text or talk                                                               
anonymously with  someone through this  service. This has  been a                                                               
huge missing link. Curricula can  be delivered in classrooms, but                                                               
now  an  additional  resource  is  available.  DEED  Commissioner                                                               
Michael Johnson wrote  a letter explaining the  campaign that was                                                               
sent  with  the posters.  Mr.  Moore  will  forward an  email  to                                                               
committee members  with a copy  of the letter. He  mentioned that                                                               
Rhonda McBride  [KTVA program  Frontiers] did  a story  Sunday on                                                               
teen violence  and prevention  and awareness  in Alaska.  He said                                                               
what  the kids  have  to say  in  the program  is  so strong  and                                                               
compelling. They want and need this education.                                                                                  
8:11:07 AM                                                                                                                    
MR. MOORE  said the video  module will  be in schools  next year.                                                               
Work is  being done  to have  an 800  number in  Alaska available                                                               
through the crisis  center in Fairbanks so someone  under the age                                                               
of 18  will have someone  to call  in Alaska. Until  the governor                                                               
signed  the   February  teen  violence  dating   awareness  month                                                               
proclamation,  he  and his  wife  were  not  aware of  what  this                                                               
campaign has  accomplished, through the work  of the legislature,                                                               
teachers,  parents, kids.  The  2015-2017  teen violence  numbers                                                               
that just  came out show that  number cut in half.  This campaign                                                               
is  like  the  wear-your-life  vests   campaign,  which  has  cut                                                               
drowning deaths in  half. It is a huge step  in reducing domestic                                                               
and sexual violence  in Alaska, where Alaska is  still number one                                                               
in men  killing women. Over  50 percent  of women in  Alaska have                                                               
been sexually assaulted or physically abused.                                                                                   
CHAIR STEVENS thanked the Moores for their advocacy.                                                                            
8:14:56 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR BEGICH said  he wanted the Moores to  know their patience                                                               
and  perseverance  have been  critical  for  putting teen  dating                                                               
violence in the forefront.                                                                                                      
8:15:33 AM                                                                                                                    
CINDY MOORE,  Bree Moore's  mother, spoke in  support of  HB 214.                                                               
She encouraged everyone  to watch the Frontiers  show with Rhonda                                                               
McBride. She  described how  droves of kids  hug them  after they                                                               
speak. They  all say thank you  for bringing this to  light. They                                                               
say in  the past they  have not known what  to do, they  had been                                                               
led to  believe it's not  something to  talk about. This  is like                                                               
other public safety campaigns. People  can do something when they                                                               
see dating violence. People should  not turn a blind eye. Senator                                                               
Lisa  Murkowski  has   sponsored  a  bill  to   name  Bree's  Law                                                               
nationally, cosponsored  by Senator Sullivan.  Representative Don                                                               
Young has a mirror bill in  the House. They see this as something                                                               
like the  AMBER alert. When people  hear of an AMBER  alert, they                                                               
know what  that means. It is  an education in two  words. That is                                                               
what they hope to develop with  the naming of Bree's Law. Instead                                                               
of saying  this is  the Alaska Safe  Children's Act,  teen dating                                                               
violence prevention  and awareness  education, she said,  "We say                                                               
'Bree's Law,' two  words. Everyone knows exactly  what is meant."                                                               
It is all about creating awareness and starting a conversation.                                                                 
8:18:58 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STEVENS asked if the email  Mr. Moore planned to send would                                                               
include the Rhonda McBride piece.                                                                                               
8:19:10 AM                                                                                                                    
MR. MOORE  said he  would send  the link  to their  Facebook page                                                               
with the KTVA program.                                                                                                          
8:19:31 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  HUGHES asked  if  students are  instructed  to call  law                                                               
enforcement to report this activity.                                                                                            
8:20:01 AM                                                                                                                    
MR. MOORE  said reporting requirements  for hotlines are  only to                                                               
report in cases of child abuse  or senior abuse. They have worked                                                               
to  get  most  of  the   service  agencies  in  Alaska  into  the                                                               
loveisrespect  database so  the loveisrespect  hotline can  refer                                                               
people to  services. He is not  trained as a responder,  but they                                                               
do have a system and tree to route calls.                                                                                       
8:22:28 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR HUGHES  asked if middle  school and high  school students                                                               
are encouraged to call law enforcement during training.                                                                         
8:22:53 AM                                                                                                                    
MR.  MOORE  said  the  first   part  of  training  addresses  the                                                               
apprehension about  going forward and  who to contact.  When they                                                               
present at schools, multiple kids come  up and cry and tell their                                                               
stories.  They  do  not  tell   people  to  go  directly  to  law                                                               
enforcement. Hundreds of  people have contacted them  in last few                                                               
years because  they don't  know what  to do.  It is  important to                                                               
connect them to resources. The first  priority is not to get them                                                               
to law  enforcement. Certainly  if a crime  is committed  that is                                                               
the route.                                                                                                                      
8:25:09 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STEVENS  asked if  there were  any public  testimony. There                                                               
was none.                                                                                                                       
8:25:36 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  GIESSEL said  SB 171  by the  Senate Rules  Committee by                                                               
request of  the governor takes the  first half of bill  they just                                                               
heard,  HB 214,  but  adds reporting  mechanisms. The  governor's                                                               
bill addresses  reporting requirements for people  who know about                                                               
things that  have been happening  to students who are  not school                                                               
employees. She heard, in the  Moores' testimony about kids coming                                                               
forward after their presentations  and telling their stories, the                                                               
phrase  "are happening"  to them.  Adults that  hear that  become                                                               
automatic mandatory  reporters. She sees that  issue addressed in                                                               
the Senate  version put  forward by the  governor. When  an adult                                                               
hears something happening to a child,  that has to be reported to                                                               
the  appropriate   authorities.  HB  214  doesn't   address  that                                                               
critical piece.                                                                                                                 
8:28:06 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR HUGHES  said Mr.  Moore's response  is about  making sure                                                               
the  victim  is   tended  to,  but  she  is   worried  about  the                                                               
perpetrator repeating the  violence with others. She  is not sure                                                               
of the  best way to handle  it. She understands that  for someone                                                               
experiencing this  it is a  tender, tough situation, but  if they                                                               
do not  go after the perpetrator  there will be more  victims. If                                                               
this is the most dangerous state  for women, they need to address                                                               
8:29:00 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  STEVENS said  the issue  of  adults needing  to report  is                                                               
something they need to address.                                                                                                 
8:29:08 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  BEGICH  said  he  sees both  bills  as  separate  bills.                                                               
Although SB  171 talks about  changing the name [to  Bree's Law],                                                               
that bill  takes more work.  This one, as Cindy  Moore testified,                                                               
ensures a clear brand that  speaks to kids immediately. Hopefully                                                               
HB 214  will be moved on  to the floor  to get that piece  of the                                                               
law  taken  care  of  while  looking  at  the  complex  issue  of                                                               
protecting  kids' safety.  This is  a first  step. It  can happen                                                               
immediately while  they continue deliberating to  create a strong                                                               
Senate bill.                                                                                                                    
8:30:43 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR HUGHES  said dealing  with perpetrators  would be  more a                                                               
matter  for  the Judiciary  Committee  instead  of the  Education                                                               
Committee, but she wanted to make that comment on the record.                                                                   
8:31:05 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STEVENS held HB 214 in committee for further review.                                                                      

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HB214_BreesLaw_BillText_VersionA.PDF SEDC 2/28/2018 8:00:00 AM
HB 214
HB214_BreesLaw_FiscalNote01_DEED.pdf SEDC 2/28/2018 8:00:00 AM
HB 214
HB214_BreesLaw_Sponsor Statement.pdf SEDC 2/28/2018 8:00:00 AM
HB 214
HB214_BreesLaw_SupportingDoc_ADN.pdf SEDC 2/28/2018 8:00:00 AM
HB 214