Legislature(2015 - 2016)BUTROVICH 205

03/01/2016 08:30 AM STATE AFFAIRS

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08:31:28 AM Start
08:31:57 AM SCR20
08:49:20 AM Confirmation Hearings
09:25:45 AM SB91
09:35:56 AM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+ Confirmation on Governor's Appointees: TELECONFERENCED
-- Public Testimony on Appointees --
+ Alaska Public Offices Commission TELECONFERENCED
Thomas Temple
+ Alaska State Personnel Board TELECONFERENCED
Dr. Keith Hamilton
+ State Commission for Human Rights TELECONFERENCED
Brandon Nakasato
Moved SCR 20 Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
Presentation by Sponsor
Heard & Held
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
       SCR 20-SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH: APRIL 2016                                                                    
8:31:57 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STOLTZE announced the consideration of SCR 20.                                                                            
8:32:02 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR KEVIN  MEYER, Alaska  State Legislature,  Juneau, Alaska,                                                               
sponsor of SCR 20, provided an overview as follows:                                                                             
     SCR  20   proclaims  April   2016  as   Sexual  Assault                                                                    
     Awareness Month;  it's part of  a national  campaign to                                                                    
     raise  the  awareness  of sexual  assault  and  educate                                                                    
     communities  on how  to  prevent  sexual violence.  I'm                                                                    
     sure you're  going, "We've heard  this before,"  and we                                                                    
     have, we  bring this  forward every  year; but,  as you                                                                    
     know, the sexual assaults  statistics nationwide and in                                                                    
     Alaska  are staggering,  they are  even  worse here  in                                                                    
     Alaska, in  fact research suggests  that 2.5  times the                                                                    
     national  rate. The  Council on  Domestic Violence  and                                                                    
     Sexual Assault conducts  an annual victimization survey                                                                    
     and  they will  speak to  some of  those statistics  in                                                                    
     more   depth.   Mr.   Chairman,  sexual   violence   is                                                                    
     preventable,  it's a  social,  public health,  criminal                                                                    
     justice,  human rights  issue. This  year, 2016  Sexual                                                                    
     Awareness  Month  Campaign   focuses  on  the  building                                                                    
     blocks of prevention  by communicating how individuals,                                                                    
     communities, and the private  sector can take action to                                                                    
     promote  safety, respect,  and equality.  We hope  that                                                                    
     SCR 20 will help to  broaden and strengthen that effort                                                                    
     across the state.                                                                                                          
CHAIR STOLTZE  stated that the  committee was very  familiar with                                                               
the  issue  and  that  Senator Meyer  has  annually  brought  the                                                               
resolution forward. He remarked that  the issue was 12 months and                                                               
not 1  month. He added that  the 2016 Sexual Awareness  Month was                                                               
part of a national campaign.                                                                                                    
8:34:55 AM                                                                                                                    
LAUREE MORTON,  Executive Director, Council of  Domestic Violence                                                               
and Sexual Assault (CDVSA), Juneau,  Alaska, provided a statement                                                               
of support as follows:                                                                                                          
     In 2010,  the Alaska  Victimization Survey  showed that                                                                    
     58  out  of  every   100  Alaska  women  have  suffered                                                                    
     intimate  partner violence,  sexual  violence, or  both                                                                    
     over the course of their  lifetime. In 2015, five years                                                                    
     after, we resurveyed and the  news is encouraging, it's                                                                    
     still  too high,  it's still  horrible, but  now it  is                                                                    
     down to 50  out of every 100 women  have suffered these                                                                    
     crimes, particular to sexual  assault, it has decreased                                                                    
     by  33 percent:  3072  fewer victims  in  2015 than  in                                                                    
     2010. So we still have a  long way to go, we appreciate                                                                    
     your support. I did want to  say that there is hope and                                                                    
     there  are  communities  across   our  state  that  are                                                                    
     working very  diligently to end sexual  violence in our                                                                    
     state, they  are doing such  with programs  like: Green                                                                    
     Dot,  Coaching Boys  into Men,  Girls on  the Run,  The                                                                    
     Fourth  R;  they  are   looking  within  themselves  as                                                                    
     communities  to find  their strengths  and resiliencies                                                                    
     to  be able  to  stand  up and  say  "no  more" and  we                                                                    
     support those efforts.                                                                                                     
8:36:31 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STOLTZE addressed the handling of sexual assault                                                                          
information at the University of Alaska as follows:                                                                             
     There was  a lot  of rumor and  thither about  how much                                                                    
     cover up  there was. I'm  trying to think when  I first                                                                    
     entered the UAF  campus in 1979 until  my graduation in                                                                    
     the early  80s about the prevalence  of sexual assaults                                                                    
     and  domestic violence,  stalking,  and just  basically                                                                    
     violations   against  women   that   was,  for   public                                                                    
     relations  matters,   covered  up  by   the  university                                                                    
     system. Now 35 years later,  there was still that issue                                                                    
     and its sending shock waves through.                                                                                       
He asked Ms. Morton if she had a comment on the university                                                                      
system and inquired how confident a young woman or their parent                                                                 
should feel in attending there.                                                                                                 
MS. MORTON replied as follows:                                                                                                  
     One of  things that we  have started to do  in offering                                                                    
     our services  to assist the university  is working with                                                                    
     their Title IX coordinators. Last  fall we sent them to                                                                    
     a national  conference where the  very issue  of sexual                                                                    
     assault  on university  campuses  was addressed.  We've                                                                    
     also  been   working  with  Senator  Sullivan   at  the                                                                    
     congressional  area to  look at  ways in  which we  can                                                                    
     strengthen  support for  women  on campus  who want  to                                                                    
     report  sexual assaults.  We've been  working with  the                                                                    
     university in  Fairbanks to institute Green  Dot and to                                                                    
     look  at ways  in  which people  can  work together  to                                                                    
     create  safety  for women  there.  We  realize it's  an                                                                    
     issue, it's on  our May calendar to be  able to receive                                                                    
     more information  from the university  and we  are very                                                                    
     open  to finding  ways  to work  with  them to  support                                                                    
8:38:31 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI joined the committee meeting.                                                                              
CHAIR  STOLTZE  continued to  address  the  university system  as                                                               
     There's been a lot of talk  since I was a student there                                                                    
     and it certainly  was kind of a quiet buzz  and kind of                                                                    
     a systemically disguised problem  at the university and                                                                    
     I haven't seen it, it  almost seems in many ways gotten                                                                    
     worse and it's that spill-out.  Is this really going to                                                                    
     be  solved  by  another conference  and  what  systemic                                                                    
     things  do you  see? This  is right  in our  face right                                                                    
     now,  even  more  so. The  spill-out  has  been  pretty                                                                    
     obvious   and  some   of  the   restructuring  at   the                                                                    
MS. MORTON  noted that CDVSA  has suggested to the  University of                                                               
Alaska  that they  work through  the Office  of Violence  Against                                                               
Women  to take  advantage of  grants that  addressed assaults  on                                                               
university campuses.                                                                                                            
CHAIR STOLTZE remarked that he sees  why a young woman might risk                                                               
expulsion in order to have a gun to protect herself.                                                                            
MS.  MORTON  replied  that  the  decision  would  be  up  to  the                                                               
CHAIR  STOLTZE   continued  to  address   his  concern   for  the                                                               
university system as follows:                                                                                                   
     I  think  we  have  a  lot deeper  to  delve  into  the                                                                    
     university  and it  has been  a  systemic concern  back                                                                    
     from when  I was  a student.  My uncles  were students,                                                                    
     they said it  was the same way and it's  the culture of                                                                    
     a university  structure wanting  to protect  its image.                                                                    
     If  you're  worried  about recruitment  and  trying  to                                                                    
     entice Alaskans  to stay, you  don't want to  tell your                                                                    
     dirty secrets.                                                                                                             
He summarized that protecting people required awareness.                                                                        
SENATOR COGHILL  asked what  a Title IX  counselor was  and where                                                               
does a person in the university go to seek assistance.                                                                          
8:41:22 AM                                                                                                                    
MS. MORTON replied as follows:                                                                                                  
     Title IX is a title  in federal statute for protections                                                                    
     in different  areas for students.  I think  most people                                                                    
     associate  it with  equity in  sports programming,  but                                                                    
     it's  much  broader  than that;  particularly  in  this                                                                    
     instance, relates to sexual  assaults and addressing it                                                                    
     equitably on campuses.                                                                                                     
     If someone,  anyone, is concerned about  sexual assault                                                                    
     or they've  been sexually assaulted, they  are welcomed                                                                    
     to go  to any of  the funded programs. In  Fairbanks it                                                                    
     would  be the  Interior  Alaska  Center for  Nonviolent                                                                    
     Living.  In Anchorage  it  would  be Standing  Together                                                                    
     Against  Rape (STAR)  or Abused  Women's Aid  in Crisis                                                                    
     (AWAIC). Here  in Juneau it  would be the  Aiding Women                                                                    
     in Abuse and Rape  Emergencies (AWARE). For the college                                                                    
     campuses  throughout  the  state, communities  such  as                                                                    
     Bethel, there's Tender Women's Collation.                                                                                  
     So people  can go onto  our website  to find a  list of                                                                    
     those  service   communities  or  on  the   Network  on                                                                    
     Domestic  Violence and  Sexual Assault's  website; they                                                                    
     are mostly  800 numbers,  so it  doesn't cost  to call,                                                                    
     it's a 24-hour  service, you can talk  to someone there                                                                    
     who can work through your  options and give you support                                                                    
     as you are deciding how best for you to carry forward.                                                                     
CHAIR STOLTZE noted  that a glaring omission was  made for either                                                               
contacting campus security  or the dean's office.  He stated that                                                               
he would interpret Ms. Morton's omission as, "Not hearing it."                                                                  
8:43:17 AM                                                                                                                    
CARMEN  LOWRY, Executive  Director,  Alaska  Network on  Domestic                                                               
Violence  and Sexual  Assault (ANDVSA),  Juneau, Alaska,  thanked                                                               
the committee  for its commitment  to all of the  prevention work                                                               
that is  ongoing in  the state. She  stated that  ANDVSA supports                                                               
SCR 20.                                                                                                                         
SENATOR COGHILL addressed Alaska's sex-trade issues as follows:                                                                 
     One of  the issues that  we struggle with in  Alaska is                                                                    
     when somebody  gets into a  relationship and  then ends                                                                    
     up in  the sex-trade under  duress. I think one  of the                                                                    
     struggles they  have is the duress  then becomes deadly                                                                    
     in many cases.  So we've tried to address  from a legal                                                                    
     perspective on  penalties and  everything. But  what do                                                                    
     you see  from awareness  to give young  ladies warnings                                                                    
     of risky  relationships, things like that  that we need                                                                    
     to know from kind of  the working level what's going on                                                                    
     in the communities?                                                                                                        
8:45:02 AM                                                                                                                    
MS.  LOWRY replied  that  clear  awareness was  one  of the  most                                                               
important   elements   that   addressed  what   Senator   Coghill                                                               
described. She detailed that local  law enforcement must be fully                                                               
aware  of  what  constitutes trafficking  and  exploitation.  She                                                               
added that  ANDVSA's member  programs were  open and  prepared to                                                               
receive people.  She asserted  that getting  the message  out was                                                               
important where  local partners address high-risk  situations and                                                               
make  sure that  people are  aware.  She added  that getting  the                                                               
message  out also  included talking  to businesses  to make  sure                                                               
they were following regulations.                                                                                                
SENATOR  COGHILL suggested  that  child  related trafficking  and                                                               
pornography be addressed as follows:                                                                                            
     I would suggest to you that  in Alaska we have both the                                                                    
     federal government and the  state government working on                                                                    
     people   who  are   trafficking   children  and   child                                                                    
     pornography.  We  want  to  get a  report  to  kind  of                                                                    
     kickoff the  month of April  just to show that  that is                                                                    
     actually happening  in Alaska  at a much  greater level                                                                    
     than any of us understand.                                                                                                 
He  summarized   that  children   involved  in   trafficking  and                                                               
pornography  did  not have  a  voice  and  their plight  must  be                                                               
brought to light.                                                                                                               
MS. LOWRY thanked Senator Coghill for his suggestion.                                                                           
CHAIR STOLTZE  thanked Ms. Lowry  and noted that her  February 29                                                               
letter from ANDVSA had been presented to the committee members.                                                                 
8:47:06 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STOLTZE announced that public testimony was closed.                                                                       
8:47:15 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  COGHILL  moved to  report  SCR  20, [29-LS1519\A],  from                                                               
committee  with individual  recommendations  and attached  fiscal                                                               
8:47:24 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  STOLTZE announced  that hearing  no objection,  SCR 20  is                                                               
reported from the Senate State Affairs Standing Committee.                                                                      

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
Resume for Governor's Appointment - AK Public Offices Commission - Thomas Temple.pdf SSTA 3/1/2016 8:30:00 AM
Resume for Governor's Appointment - AK State Personnel Board - Keith Hamilton.pdf SSTA 3/1/2016 8:30:00 AM
Resume for Governor's Appointment - Commission for Human Rights - Brandon Nakasato.pdf SSTA 3/1/2016 8:30:00 AM
APOC Fact Sheet & Roster.pdf SSTA 3/1/2016 8:30:00 AM
Commission for Human Rights Fact Sheet & Roster.pdf SSTA 3/1/2016 8:30:00 AM
Personnel Board Fact Sheet & Roster.pdf SSTA 3/1/2016 8:30:00 AM
SCR 20 Sponsor Statement.pdf SSTA 3/1/2016 8:30:00 AM
SCR 20
SCR 20 Backup Document - 2015 Alaska Victimization Survey Media Release.pdf SSTA 3/1/2016 8:30:00 AM
SCR 20
SCR 20 Backup Document - DVSA Dashboard 2015.pdf SSTA 3/1/2016 8:30:00 AM
SCR 20
SCR 20 Backup Document - Key Results 2015 AK Victimization Survey.pdf SSTA 3/1/2016 8:30:00 AM
SCR 20
SCR 20 Backup Document - Web Page of CDVSA Statewide Programs.pdf SSTA 3/1/2016 8:30:00 AM
SCR 20
SCR 20 Fiscal Note - SSTA 2-28-16.pdf SSTA 3/1/2016 8:30:00 AM
SCR 20
SCR 20 Backup Document - CDVSA Annual Report 2015.pdf SSTA 3/1/2016 8:30:00 AM
SCR 20
SCR 20 Support Letter - ANDVSA 2-29-16.pdf SSTA 3/1/2016 8:30:00 AM
SCR 20
SSSB 91 Department of Administration Public Defender Agency Internal Memo - Response to Office of Victim's Rights SB 91 Written Testimony to SSTA on Version N - 2-22-16.pdf SSTA 3/1/2016 8:30:00 AM
SB 91