Legislature(2015 - 2016)SENATE FINANCE 532

04/12/2016 01:30 PM FINANCE

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+= SB 128 PERM. FUND:DEPOSITS;DIVIDEND;EARNINGS TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+ HB 188 PERSON W/DISABILITY SAVINGS ACCOUNTS TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+ HB 83 REPEAL COLLECTION OF CIVIL LITIG. INFO TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+ HB 289 BOARD OF BARBERS AND HAIRDRESSERS TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+ HB 231 EXTEND BOARD OF PAROLE TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+ HB 268 AIDEA:DIVIDEND TO STATE;INCOME;VALUATION TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
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CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 231(FIN)                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     "An Act extending the termination date of the Board of                                                                     
     Parole; and providing for an effective date."                                                                              
3:12:07 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ESTHER  MIELKE, STAFF,  REPRESENTATIVE  BOB LYNN,  testified                                                                    
that the Board  of Parole currently served in  Alaska as the                                                                    
authority  over  parole  setting.   She  said  that  it  was                                                                    
currently set in statute to  be terminated on June 30, 2016;                                                                    
HB 231 originally  extended that date to June  30, 2022, but                                                                    
the most current version of the  bill extends it to June 30,                                                                    
2020. She  relayed that the  board was audited in  2015. The                                                                    
audit included  and examination of the  board's performance,                                                                    
in light  of the 11  sunset criteria points  provided within                                                                    
Alaska  statute.   She  continued   that  the   Division  of                                                                    
Legislative  Audit  had  found  the  board  to  be  in  good                                                                    
standing,   but  provided   4  recommendations   to  improve                                                                    
operations:                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1.  The  executive  director should  improve  procedures  to                                                                    
ensure  required   documentation  for  parole   hearings  is                                                                    
accurate and consistently included in parole files.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
2.  The   executive  director   in  coordination   with  DOC                                                                    
management  should  implement   documentation  standards  to                                                                    
ensure  all offender  and victim  notifications are  made in                                                                    
accordance with statutory requirements.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
3. The board should  ensure proposed regulations address all                                                                    
statutory requirements related to its duties.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
4.  DOC's Administrative  Services Division  director should                                                                    
take steps  to ensure ACOMS complies  with state information                                                                    
technology security standards and national best practices.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Ms.   Mielke  shared   that  the   board  agreed   with  the                                                                    
recommendations. She  related that HB 231  would fulfill the                                                                    
constitutional  requirement  that   the  state  establish  a                                                                    
parole system  that kept Alaskans  safe. She noted  that the                                                                    
fiscal note would  cover the boards operating  costs and had                                                                    
already been included in the Operating Budget.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
3:14:28 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KRIS  CURTIS,   LEGISLATIVE  AUDITOR,  ALASKA   DIVISION  OF                                                                    
LEGISLATIVE   AUDIT,  explained   that   the  division   had                                                                    
concluded   the   board   conducted  its   business   in   a                                                                    
professional and efficient manner,  and recommended a 6 year                                                                    
extension. She  said that an  8 year extension had  not been                                                                    
recommended  because of  the  current  uncertainties in  the                                                                    
field of  corrections. She furthered that  the division felt                                                                    
that that the  new risk assessment tool  that the department                                                                    
had just implemented  required legislative oversight earlier                                                                    
than in  8 years. She  mentioned the 4  recommendations made                                                                    
by  the division,  and noted  that they  were administrative                                                                    
and had  not impacted the recommendation  for extension. She                                                                    
noted that the  recommendations could be found on  Page 9 of                                                                    
the   audit    (copy   on   file).   She    reiterated   the                                                                    
recommendations.  She  echoed that  the  board  and the  DOC                                                                    
concurred with all of the division's recommendations.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon OPENED public testimony.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon CLOSED public testimony.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
3:18:46 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JEFF   EDWARDS,  DIRECTOR,   PAROLE  BOARD,   DEPARTMENT  OF                                                                    
CORRECTIONS,  ANCHORAGE   (via  teleconference),  introduced                                                                    
himself.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
3:18:59 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon opined  that the  board was  costing the                                                                    
state $1  million in General  Fund dollars. She  queried the                                                                    
number of employees on the Parole Board.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Edwards  replied that there  were 6  full-time employees                                                                    
of  the  board, as  well  as  5 governor  appointed  sitting                                                                    
members who were considered part-time employees.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
3:19:59 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon asserted  that the  board would  need to                                                                    
defend its $1 million dollars.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Mr.  Edwards  believed  that the  services  that  the  board                                                                    
provided would  be vastly  expanded through  the possibility                                                                    
of SB 91  because criminal justice commissions,  on a global                                                                    
level,  had been  expanded and  their  duties increased.  He                                                                    
noted that  prison populations were  continuing to  grow. He                                                                    
contended that  his was the  only agency that  could release                                                                    
individuals, who  posed low  risk, early.  He felt  that the                                                                    
paroling authority  provided a pathway to  reintegration and                                                                    
re-entry for  low-risk prisoners into society,  which was an                                                                    
efficient  use of  state dollars.  He  relayed that  housing                                                                    
low-risk prisoners  in jails was expensive  and ineffective.                                                                    
He  believed that  the board  would be  at the  forefront of                                                                    
saving hard-bed costs for the DOC.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
3:22:37 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Micciche  queried a breakdown of  the $852,000 in                                                                    
personal services reflected on the fiscal note.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
3:22:55 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon referred to Page 1 of the audit:                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     The board  is funded by the  general fund. Expenditures                                                                    
     are  primarily  for   personal  services,  travel,  and                                                                    
     office rental  costs. Budgeted  expenditures for  FY 15                                                                    
     were $896,700.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon  noted  that  there  had  been  a  staff                                                                    
vacancy and wondered how long the position remained vacant.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Mr.  Edwards replied  that  the position  was  vacant for  a                                                                    
period of time. He added  that during the position's vacancy                                                                    
there had been an  expansion of the Probation Accountability                                                                    
and Certain  Enforcement (PACE) program, which  had provided                                                                    
the board  with an additional  staff position. He  said that                                                                    
the vacant position was filled  once the board completed the                                                                    
institution   of   the   new   program,   which   had   been                                                                    
legislatively  mandated  through SB  64  [SB  64 was  passed                                                                    
during 2013-2014]                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
3:23:57 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon   wondered  whether  the   position  had                                                                    
remained vacant for all of FY 15.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Edwards agreed to provide that information.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair   MacKinnon   understood   that   the   board   was                                                                    
dovetailing in with the PACE  program, which had resulted in                                                                    
an additional position.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Edwards  relied that one  position control  number (PCN)                                                                    
had been designated to the  parole board to support the PACE                                                                    
program.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
3:24:42 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon  asked  whether Mr.  Edwards  managed  6                                                                    
individuals, while someone else managed the PACE program.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Edwards replied that the  DOC supervised the individuals                                                                    
on the actual program, the  board's role was to identify who                                                                    
was acceptable for  the program and to  track violations. He                                                                    
added that  the PACE position was  responsible for analyzing                                                                    
data and providing data on  behalf of the departments to the                                                                    
effectiveness of the program.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
3:25:25 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon requested  a written  document detailing                                                                    
the personal services and travel lines of the fiscal note.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CSHB 231(FIN)  was HEARD and  HELD in committee  for further                                                                    
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HB188 Sectional Analysis for version G.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 188
HB188 Sponsor Statement.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 188
HB188 Summary of Changes - Version N (HL&C) to Version G (HFIN).pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 188
HB188 Supporting Documents-Letter from Alaska Autism Speaks.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 188
HB188 Supporting Documents-Letter from GCDSE.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 188
HB188 Supporting Documents-Letter of support Municipality of Anchorage HSS.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 188
HB 83 Committee Report.PDF SFIN 4/12/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 83
HB 83 Letter of Support Ken Jacobus.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 83
HB 83 Letters of Support.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 83
HB 83 Sectional Analysis.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 83
HB 83 Sponsor Statement .pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 83
HB 83 Summary of Changes.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 83
HB 83 Support AS 09.68.130.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 83
HB 83 Support Civil Case Data.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 83
HB 83 Support Civil Case Form.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 83
HB 83 Support Civil Case Report 2001.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 83
HB 83 Support Resolution of Support Anchorage Bar Association.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 83
HB 83 Support Rules of Appellate Procedure 511 (c) and (e).pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 83
HB 83 Support Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 41 (a) (3).pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 83
HB289 Supporting Documents-Presentation from Board of Barbers and Hairdressers.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 289
HB289 Supporting Documents - Professional Boards Report.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 289
HB289 Supporting Documents-Article Forbes 6-16-2014.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 289
HB289 Supporting Documents-Article Forbes 10-11-2014.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 289
HB289 Supporting Documents-Letter Angela Stubbs 2-23-2016.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 289
HB289 Supporting Documents-Letter Blake Quackenbush 2-26-2016.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 289
HB289 Supporting Documents-Letter Board of Barbers and Hairdressers 2-29-2016.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 289
HB289 Supporting Documents-Letter Grace Halsey 2-23-2016.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 289
HB289 Supporting Documents-Letter Jeannine Jabaay 2-23-2016.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 289
HB289 Supporting Documents-Letter Rachel Saldana 2-25-2016.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 289
HB289 Supporting Documents-Letter Renee Scott 2-25-2016.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 289
HB231 Additional Info from Auditor.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 231
HB231 Legislative Audit.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 231
HB231 Sponsor Statement.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 231
HB231 Summary of Changes.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 231
HB268 PowerPoint presentation.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 268
HB268 Sectional Analysis.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 268
HB268 Transmittal Letter.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 268
SB 128 - Sectional Analysis - Version N.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 128
SB 128 CSSB 128 work draft version N.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 128
SB 128 CSSB 128 LFD Fiscal Model Status Quo 041216.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 128
SB 128 CSSB 128 version N LFD Fiscal Model 4 12 16.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 128
HB 231 Parole Board PS Detail FY2017.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 231
SB 128 Letter Packet 3.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 128
SB 128 Key Coalition Letter - Senate Finance 4-15-16.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 128