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01/27/2016 01:30 PM HEALTH & SOCIAL SERVICES

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Heard & Held
Heard & Held
Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled
Moved SCS CSHB 8(HSS) Out of Committee
Heard & Held
Moved HB 76 Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
**Streamed live on AKL.tv**
                    HB 8-POWERS OF ATTORNEY                                                                                 
1:39:47 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  STEDMAN announced  the consideration  of HB  8, which  was                                                               
previously heard  by the  committee on April  10, 2015.  He noted                                                               
that  there  was  a  new committee  substitute  (CS)  before  the                                                               
1:40:34 PM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE SHELLEY HUGHES,  Alaska State Legislature, sponsor                                                               
of HB  8, explained that HB  8 would help protect  older Alaskans                                                               
who  might  be susceptible  to  fraud  and financial  abuse.  She                                                               
stressed the  importance of protecting vulnerable  older Alaskans                                                               
by clarifying  what is being signed  in a Power of  Attorney. She                                                               
said HB 8 updates the statutory form.                                                                                           
She  related that  there are  over 600  allegations of  financial                                                               
exploitation in Alaska,  many of which involve the  elderly. HB 8                                                               
strengthens  the statute  by clarifying  responsibilities of  the                                                               
person who  is receiving  the Power  of Attorney,  customizing it                                                               
specifically for Alaska,  as well as for parties  who live across                                                               
state lines.  She opined  that the  updates will  help vulnerable                                                               
Alaskans to understand what they are signing.                                                                                   
CHAIR STEDMAN noted the arrival of Senator Ellis.                                                                               
1:42:29 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR GIESSEL  moved to adopt the  SCS for CSHB 8,  labeled 29-                                                               
LS0055\N.A, as the working document before the committee.                                                                       
1:42:35 PM                                                                                                                    
At ease.                                                                                                                        
1:42:46 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR GIESSEL  amended her  motion to say  "version G",  as the                                                               
working document.                                                                                                               
CHAIR STEDMAN objected for discussion purposes.                                                                                 
1:43:25 PM                                                                                                                    
GINGER  BLAISDELL, Staff,  Representative Shelley  Hughes, Alaska                                                               
State Legislature, presented information regarding HB 8.                                                                        
CHAIR  STEDMAN requested  a brief  explanation  of the  technical                                                               
clean ups.                                                                                                                      
SENATOR STOLTZE also requested a brief presentation.                                                                            
CHAIR STEDMAN noted  that the bill has  been thoroughly explained                                                               
and said he wanted to hear of the changes in the new CS.                                                                        
MS.  BLAISDELL explained  that version  G  improves the  existing                                                               
Power  of   Attorney  by   updating  terminology   regarding  the                                                               
"principal" who  owns the  finances and  the "agent,"  the person                                                               
who  is acting  on  the principal's  behalf.  The definition  for                                                               
"signing"  the  document has  been  updated  and now  allows  the                                                               
individual  who may  not  be able  to write  their  name, to  use                                                               
another form  of a signature, such  as an audible signature  or a                                                               
signer on their behalf. It identifies  the duties of an agent and                                                               
states  the  responsibility of  the  agent  to  act in  the  best                                                               
interests of the principal.                                                                                                     
MS.  BLAISDELL stated  that version  G  also adds  a new  section                                                               
dealing  with judicial  relief,  which allows  family members  or                                                               
professionals who are familiar with  the principal to ask a court                                                               
to review an agent's actions.                                                                                                   
She noted,  at the  request of  the committee,  version G  adds a                                                               
signature verification  line that a  notary public would  have to                                                               
accept and  recognize the  information of a  person who  might be                                                               
signing on  behalf of the  principal. It also adds  a requirement                                                               
that the principal must sign  the form unless they are physically                                                               
unable to.                                                                                                                      
1:47:17 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR STOLTZE asked how incapacitation relates to the bill.                                                                   
REPRESENTATIVE HUGHES explained how  the changes would protect an                                                               
incapacitated person.  Previously, the  principal might  not have                                                               
known what  they were  signing due  to the  wording on  the form.                                                               
She noted  wide-spread support for  the bill from  the Commission                                                               
on Aging, AARP,  Association of Mature Americans,  and the Mat-Su                                                               
Coalition on Aging.                                                                                                             
1:49:04 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STEDMAN requested  a review from the  Lt. Governor's Office                                                               
in  order to  minimize the  potential of  someone taking  abusive                                                               
action over someone else's finances.                                                                                            
CHAIR STEDMAN removed his objection and version G was adopted.                                                                  
REPRESENTATIVE HUGHES thanked the committed for their support.                                                                  
1:50:18 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  GIESSEL moved  to report  SCS CSHB  8 (HSS),  version G,                                                               
from committee with individual  recommendations and attached zero                                                               
fiscal notes. There being no objection, the motion carried.                                                                     

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
SB 145 ver A.pdf SHSS 1/27/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 145
SB 145 Sectional Analysis.pdf SHSS 1/27/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 145
SB 145 Governor Transmittal Letter.pdf SHSS 1/27/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 145
SB 147 version A.pdf SHSS 1/27/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 147
SB 147 Sectional Analysis.pdf SHSS 1/27/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 147
SB 147 Governor Transmittal Letter.pdf SHSS 1/27/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 147
SCS CSHB 8(HSS) changes to ver G 1-25-2016.pdf SHSS 1/27/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 8
SCS CSHB 8(HSS).pdf SHSS 1/27/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 8
SB 147 Fiscal Note HSS 1-23-16.pdf SHSS 1/27/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 147
SB 98 Amendment from Giessel.pdf SHSS 1/27/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 98
SB 98 Letter of Support Board of Marital and Family therapy.PDF SHSS 1/27/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 98
HB 8 Supporting Documents - AMAC.pdf SHSS 1/27/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 8
HB 8 Supporting Documents - Com on Aging letter.pdf SHSS 1/27/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 8
HB 8 Supporting Documents - LTCO.pdf SHSS 1/27/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 8
HB 8 Supporting Documents - AARP letter.pdf SHSS 1/27/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 8