Legislature(2015 - 2016)BUTROVICH 205

03/20/2015 01:30 PM JUDICIARY

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01:38:58 PM Start
01:39:21 PM Confirmation Hearings: State Board of Parole and Alaska Police Standards Council
02:04:05 PM SB43
02:11:16 PM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled:
+ Confirmation of Governor's Appointments: TELECONFERENCED
Rebecca Hamon - Alaska Police Standards Council
Gustalf Sandahl - Alaska Police Standards Council
Richards "Ole" Larson - State Board of Parole
Confirmation Hearing Postponed:
Allen Joseph - Alaska Judicial Council
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled: TELECONFERENCED
+= SB 43 IMMUNITY FOR FIRE DEPT. & MEMBERS TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSSB 43(JUD) Out of Committee
+= HB 5 CONSERVATOR OF PROTECTED PERSONS TELECONFERENCED
Scheduled but Not Heard
            SB 43-IMMUNITY FOR FIRE DEPT. & MEMBERS                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:04:05 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  MCGUIRE announced  the  consideration of  SB  43. "An  Act                                                               
relating  to immunity  for  a fire  department  and employees  or                                                               
members  of  a  fire  department." She  noted  that  Chief  Flynn                                                               
testified  at the  last  meeting. [CSSB  43(JUD)  was before  the                                                               
committee.]                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR COGHILL asked his staff to review the bill.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
2:04:46 PM                                                                                                                    
JORDAN  SHILLING,  Staff,  Senator  John  Coghill,  Alaska  State                                                               
Legislature,  presented an  overview of  SB 43  on behalf  of the                                                               
sponsor. He  said Alaska has  a fire department  immunity statute                                                               
that  applies to  staff  of  fire departments,  but  it does  not                                                               
provide protection to contract fire  departments. There are seven                                                               
departments that fall under this  situation and SB 43 extends the                                                               
protection to those fire departments.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR MCGUIRE asked  Senator Wielechowski if he  has any concerns                                                               
about changes in the bill.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI said  he discussed it with  Mr. Shilling and                                                               
plans to support the bill.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR COGHILL  noted in  his area  almost all  firefighters are                                                               
volunteers.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
2:07:15 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  MCGUIRE  asked if  contract  fire  fighters receive  state                                                               
system benefits.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MR. SHILLING replied he did not think so.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR MCGUIRE opined that all  fire departments should be treated                                                               
equally.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MITCH FLYNN,  Chief, Steese Volunteer  Fire Department,  said his                                                               
volunteer  department has  similar benefits  but not  through the                                                               
state.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR MCGUIRE voiced support for equal treatment.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
2:09:21 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR COSTELLO  asked if there  has been any opposition  to the                                                               
bill.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MR. SHILLING answered no.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR COSTELLO  asked if there  has been litigation  related to                                                               
this issue that this bill could have clarified.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MR.  SHILLING  replied  he  was  aware  of  one  lawsuit  in  the                                                               
Fairbanks  North Star  Borough  that the  immunity statute  would                                                               
have prevented.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  MCGUIRE  found no  further  testifiers  and closed  public                                                               
testimony.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
2:10:47 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR COGHILL motioned to report CS for SB 43 from committee                                                                  
with individual recommendations and attached zero fiscal note.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR MCGUIRE announced that without objection CSSB 43(JUD) is                                                                  
reported from the Senate Judiciary Standing Committee.                                                                          

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