Legislature(2015 - 2016)BUTROVICH 205

04/15/2015 08:00 AM STATE AFFAIRS

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* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
-- Time and Date Change --
+= SB 1 REGULATION OF SMOKING TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSSSSB 1(STA) Out of Committee
= SB 74 MEDICAID REFORM/PFD/HSAS/ER USE/STUDIES
Heard & Held
= SB 89 PARENT RIGHTS: EDUCATION; SCHOOL ABSENCE
Moved CSSB 89(STA) Out of Committee
+ HB 142 ESTABLISH ELDERS' DAY TELECONFERENCED
Moved HB 142 Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
                  HB 142-ESTABLISH ELDERS' DAY                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
8:56:09 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STOLTZE announced the consideration of HB 142.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
8:57:20 AM                                                                                                                    
ANDREA  WATTS, Staff,  Representative  Neil  Foster, Alaska  State                                                              
Legislature,  Juneau, Alaska, provided  an overview  of HB  142 as                                                              
follows:                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     House Bill 142  is an act that establishes  Elders' Day.                                                                   
     Elders  of all cultural  and ethnic  backgrounds hold  a                                                                   
     special  place  in  the  hearts   of  Alaskans.  Elders'                                                                   
     knowledge and  experiences provide a link from  the past                                                                   
     to  the  present,  a  link   that  connects  us  to  our                                                                   
     ancestors.  Elders also serve  a vital role  as teachers                                                                   
     and  mentors, guiding  younger  generations through  the                                                                   
     many  facets  of  life.  Celebrating  and  honoring  our                                                                   
     elders  on  winter  solstice,   a  time  of  change  and                                                                   
     optimism,  not only  recognizes the  value of those  who                                                                   
     came  before us,  but the  significance  of the  lessons                                                                   
     and  knowledge they  selflessly leave  behind for us  to                                                                   
     take into the future.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  STOLTZE  asked if  there  is  a  specific date  for  winter                                                              
solstice.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MS. WATTS  explained that depending  on the year,  winter solstice                                                              
various from December 21-22.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  STOLTZE   asked  if  winter  solstice  has   any  religious                                                              
connotations.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MS. WATTS  answered that there may  have been connotations  in the                                                              
past,  but  the  bill  just recognizes  the  change  of  time  and                                                              
seasons.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI asked for a definition of elders.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MS.  WATTS answered  that elder  denotes respect  and dignity.  He                                                              
specified that  elder is a word  that really exemplifies  a person                                                              
who is honored  in their community.  She said an elder  could be a                                                              
teacher, grandparent,  coach, or military veteran.  She summarized                                                              
that a  person honored  as an elder  really is in  the eye  of the                                                              
beholder.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  WIELECHOWSKI  asked if  there  is an  age  when a  person                                                              
becomes an elder.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
MS. WATTS answered no.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STOLTZE  asked if  the statutes might  have to  be tightened                                                              
to determine what "venerable" is.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
MS.  WATTS   replied  that   "venerable"   is  determined   by  an                                                              
individual's perception of the elder.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
8:59:33 AM                                                                                                                    
DENISE DANIELLO,  Executive Director, Alaska Commission  on Aging,                                                              
Alaska Department  of Health and Social Services,  Juneau, Alaska,                                                              
read a statement of support as follows:                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
     Alaska's  elders, regardless  of  their culture,  ethnic                                                                   
     heritage, or  where they live,  are valuable  members of                                                                   
     our  society; their  wealth  of knowledge,  wisdom,  and                                                                   
     vast  experiences  should   be  honored  and  shared  to                                                                   
     enrich everyone's  life. Older  people have lived  long,                                                                   
     they have  successes as well  as mistakes and  they have                                                                   
     learned from  these life  experiences; for this  reason,                                                                   
     Alaska's   elders,  tradition   bearers,  pioneer,   and                                                                   
     mentors  who link  the past  with the  present can  help                                                                   
     future   generations  by  offering   their  wisdom   and                                                                   
     guidance  to  keep life  moving  forward in  a  positive                                                                   
     direction.  Just  because  this is  a  concisely  stated                                                                   
     piece  of  legislation,  please   don't  undervalue  its                                                                   
     significance.  We feel  that Alaska's  older people  are                                                                   
     truly a  renewable resource and  each one of us  has the                                                                   
     responsibility  to honor  and respect  our elders,  this                                                                   
     is something  that our parents have taught  us over many                                                                   
     generations.  The  renowned  Tlingit elder,  Dr.  Walter                                                                   
     Soboleff,  has  reminded us  to  take  care of  the  old                                                                   
     person that  we will  become, so we  think this  is sage                                                                   
     advice and appreciate your hearing of this bill today.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STOLTZE asked  where her perception was derived  that elders                                                              
were undervalued.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
MS.  DANIELLO replied  that  she  did not  mean  to  say that  any                                                              
committee member undervalues elders.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:02:00 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  COGHILL  moved  to  report   HB  142  [29-LS0456\W]  from                                                              
committee  with  individual  recommendations   and  attached  zero                                                              
fiscal note.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STOLTZE announced  that without objection, HB  142 moves out                                                              
of Senate State Affairs Standing Committee.                                                                                     

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
SB74 SSTA Workdraft CS(STA) version F 4-14-15.pdf SSTA 4/15/2015 8:00:00 AM
SB 74
SB1 SSTA CS Workdraft version S - 4.14.2015.pdf SSTA 4/15/2015 8:00:00 AM
SB 1
SB1 Support Documents - Letters of Support to SSTA - 4-14-15.pdf SSTA 4/15/2015 8:00:00 AM
SB 1
SB1 Opposition Documents - Letters of Opposition to SSTA - 4-14-15.pdf SSTA 4/15/2015 8:00:00 AM
SB 1
SB74 DHSS Response to Committee Question - Medicaid Enrollment and Spending in Alaska Forecast 2015.pdf SSTA 4/15/2015 8:00:00 AM
SB 74
SB89 Support Documents - Additional Letters of Support to SSTA 4-14-15.pdf SSTA 4/15/2015 8:00:00 AM
SB 89
SB89 Opposition Documents - Additional Letters of Opposition to SSTA 4-14-15.pdf SSTA 4/15/2015 8:00:00 AM
SB 89
SB89 AASB Reply to Committee Questions on 4-14-15.pdf SSTA 4/15/2015 8:00:00 AM
SB 89
HB142 Sponsor Statement.pdf SSTA 4/15/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 142
HB142 Version W.pdf SSTA 4/15/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 142
HB142 Fiscal Note DOA-FAC 3-20-15.pdf SSTA 4/15/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 142
HB142 Supporting Document - Letter Kawerak 3-23-15.pdf SSTA 4/15/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 142
HB142 Supporting Document - Letter of Support Alaska Commission on Aging 4-5-15.pdf SSTA 4/15/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 142
HB142 Supporting Document - Letter Pioneer Homes 3-26-15.pdf SSTA 4/15/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 142
SB89 Opposition Document - Letter Elizabeth Miner - 4-14-15.pdf SSTA 4/15/2015 8:00:00 AM
SB 89
SB 74 Explanations of Changes for SSTA Workdraft F.pdf SSTA 4/15/2015 8:00:00 AM
SB 74