Legislature(2017 - 2018)BUTROVICH 205

03/22/2018 03:30 PM STATE AFFAIRS

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03:31:11 PM Start
03:32:20 PM Confirmation Hearing(s): Lieutenant Governor Successor, Board of Fisheries
04:09:04 PM SB186
04:37:09 PM HB31
05:23:38 PM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+ Consideration of Governor's Appointees TELECONFERENCED
Lt. Governor Successor:
Valerie Davidson
Board of Fisheries:
Orville Huntington
Duncan Fields -- Removed from Agenda --
-- Public Testimony on Appointees --
+ HB 31 SEX ASSAULT TRAINING & EXAM KITS;DOM VIOL TELECONFERENCED
Moved SCS CSHB 31(STA) Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled: TELECONFERENCED
+= SB 186 VOTER REGISTRATION & PFD APP REGISTRATION TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
               SB 186-VOTER REGISTRATION & PFD APP REGISTRATION                                                             
                                                                                                                                
      4:09:04 PM                                                                                                              
      CHAIR MEYER announced the  consideration of SB 186. He noted that                                                         
      the  committee  last heard  SB  186  on March  8  and there  were                                                         
      numerous questions  posed by committee members  that the Division                                                         
      of Elections has returned to address.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
      4:10:11 PM                                                                                                              
      JOSIE BAHNKE,  Director, Alaska Division of  Elections, Office of                                                         
      the  Lieutenant  Governor,  Juneau,  Alaska, announced  that  the                                                         
      division had an amendment to offer for SB 186.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
      CHAIR MEYER  noted that there  were two amendments  for the bill,                                                         
      one  from  the Division  of  Elections and  another  from Senator                                                         
   Coghill. He asked that Senator Coghill move his amendment.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
      4:11:15 PM                                                                                                              
      SENATOR COGHILL moved Amendment 1, [30-GS2097\A.1]:                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
                                 AMENDMENT 1                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
           OFFERED IN THE SENATE                   BY SENATOR COGHILL                                                           
           TO: SB 186                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
           Page 1, following line 2:                                                                                            
           Insert a new bill section to read:                                                                                   
              "* Section 1. AS 15.07.050(a) is amended to read:                                                             
                (a)  Registration may be made                                                                                   
                     (1)  in person before a registration                                                                       
        official or through a voter registration agency;                                                                        
                     (2)  by another individual on behalf of the                                                                
     voter  if  the voter  has  executed  a written  general                                                                    
     power  of  attorney  or  a  written  special  power  of                                                                    
     attorney authorizing that  other individual to register                                                                    
     the voter;                                                                                                                 
               (3)  by mail;                                                                                                    
               (4)  by facsimile transmission, scanning, or                                                                     
       another method of electronic transmission that the                                                                       
     director approves; or                                                                                                      
               (5)  by requesting to be registered as a                                                                     
        voter on [COMPLETING] a permanent fund dividend                                                                     
     application form under AS 43.23.015."                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
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          Delete "Section 1"                                                                                                  
          Insert "Sec. 2"                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     Renumber the following bill sections accordingly.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     Page 1, line 6:                                                                                                            
          Delete "completing"                                                                                                   
          Insert "requesting registration on [COMPLETING]"                                                                  
          Delete "with"                                                                                                     
          Insert "form and including"                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
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          Delete "included"                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
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          Delete "submit a"                                                                                                 
          Insert "request to be registered on a"                                                                            
                Following "application":                                                                                    
                Insert "form submitted"                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
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                Delete "declines to"                                                                                        
                Insert "who requests to be registered does not"                                                             
                                                                                                                                
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                Delete "[AN"                                                                                                    
                Insert "[SUBMIT AN"                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
           Page 2, line 11, following "notify":                                                                                 
                Insert ","                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
           Page 2, line 12, following "applicant":                                                                              
                Insert "who requested registration of the                                                                   
           applicant's registration status"                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
           Page 2, lines 13 - 14:                                                                                               
                Delete "of the applicant's registration status"                                                             
                                                                                                                                
           Page 2, lines 25 - 26:                                                                                               
                Delete "[IF AN APPLICANT DOES NOT DECLINE TO BE                                                                 
           REGISTERED AS A VOTER WITHIN"                                                                                        
                Insert "If an applicant requests [DOES NOT                                                                  
       DECLINE] to be registered as a voter, the [WITHIN"                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
           Page 2, line 28:                                                                                                     
                Delete "FORM.] The"                                                                                             
                Insert "[FORM. THE]"                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     Page 3, following line 1:                                                                                                  
     Insert a new bill section to read:                                                                                         
        "* Sec. 6. AS 43.23.015(b) is amended to read:                                                                      
          (b)  The department shall prescribe and furnish                                                                       
     an  application  form  for claiming  a  permanent  fund                                                                    
     dividend. The application must include                                                                                     
               (1)  notice of the penalties provided for                                                                        
     under AS 43.23.035;                                                                                                        
               (2)  a statement of eligibility and a                                                                            
     certification of residency;                                                                                                
               (3)  the means for an applicant eligible to                                                                      
     vote under AS 15.05,  or a person authorized  to act on                                                                    
     behalf of the applicant,  to request that the applicant                                                                
     be  registered  as  a  voter,  to  furnish  information                                                                
     required  by AS 15.07.060(a)(1)  - (4)  and (7)  - (9),                                                                    
     and  to   attest  [AN  ATTESTATION]  that   the  [SUCH]                                                            
     information is true."                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     Renumber the following bill sections accordingly.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     Page 3, lines 3 - 5:                                                                                                       
          Delete "Except for a permanent fund dividend                                                                      
     application  where the  applicant  declines to  provide                                                                
     the  information  required under  AS 15.07.060(a)(1)  -                                                                
     (4) and (7) - (9), the [THE] "                                                                                         
          Insert "The"                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     Page 3, line 11, following "who":                                                                                          
          Insert "requested to be registered to vote and"                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
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                Delete "secs. 1 - 5"                                                                                            
                Insert "secs. 1 - 7"                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
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                Delete "Sections 1 - 5"                                                                                         
                Insert "Sections 1 - 7"                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
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                Delete "sec. 8"                                                                                                 
                Insert "sec. 10"                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
      4:11:27 PM                                                                                                              
      CHAIR MEYER objected for discussion purposes.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
      SENATOR COGHILL  said he does not entirely  agree with an earlier                                                         
      statement by  the director that  the form would be  better off to                                                         
      have  someone  opt-in. He  pointed  out that  the  ballot measure                                                         
      meant to  register people to vote during  the process of applying                                                         
      for their Permanent Fund  dividend (PFD). He noted that page 1 in                                                         
      the  initiative   gives  six  reasons  for  the   intent  of  the                                                         
      initiative and specified that the fourth reason says:                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
           In  the   intent  that  the   permanent  fund  dividend                                                              
           applicants  who  wish to  register  to  vote or  update                                                              
           their  voter  registration must  submit  information to                                                              
       the state the second time using a different form.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
      He commented on the initiative's language as follows:                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
           It starts  off with the kind of  permission and I think                                                              
           that's  a big deal  to me, but  it says it  can relieve                                                              
           the voters of a  burden by having them complete that on                                                              
           a permanent  fund dividend application;  I think that's                                                              
           okay  and I think  that the opt-in/opt-out  is two very                                                              
           different ways  of looking at  it and here's  how I see                                                              
           the  difference. The  way that  it was  written  is you                                                              
     would be automatically registered  unless you opted out                                                                    
     and the division is asking for.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
4:13:53 PM                                                                                                                    
At ease.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
4:14:59 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR MEYER called the committee back to order.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR COGHILL continued as follows:                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     There were  two things  that I was  going to  refer to,                                                                    
     the ballot  measure itself and the  intent. The intent,                                                                    
     as people read it, was  to relieve qualified voters who                                                                    
     apply for a  PFD from the burden of  having to complete                                                                    
     additional  paperwork. I  think  an  opt-in still  does                                                                    
     that  and  so  it's  well  within  the  reason  of  our                                                                    
     initiative.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     I was  going to  read the constitution  to you  on that                                                                    
     particular  issue because  we have  court cases,  I get                                                                    
     that, but we  also have a constitution  and I'm willing                                                                    
     to  challenge it,  it says  in Article  XI, section  6,                                                                    
     about halfway down, it says,  "It's not subject to veto                                                                    
     and may not  be repealed by the  Legislature within two                                                                    
     years of the  effective date, it may be  amended at any                                                                    
     time;"  very  explicit  language in  the  constitution,                                                                    
     very clear, very plain, it  may not be repealed, but it                                                                    
     may be amended and I see  this as an amendment, you can                                                                    
     look at  their answer,  they see this  as a  "more than                                                                    
     that,"  it would  probably go  to  court and  I have  a                                                                    
     legal opinion that  says we think that it  might and we                                                                    
     think that it might not, so that's an open question.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     If  you look  at  the initiative  language the  opt-out                                                                    
     doesn't even come until page 3,  and it's at the top of                                                                    
     page  3  and  subsection  3,  "If  applicant  does  not                                                                    
     decline to be registered and  failure to respond to the                                                                    
     notification on subsection (b)."  So, for those who see                                                                    
     the intent have to dig pretty deep to get to that.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:17:05 PM                                                                                                                    
He continued as follows:                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
           Now,  it is  true that in  the ballot  measure language                                                              
           they  combine two  things  in the  last  sentence, "New                                                              
           voters  will  receive a  notification  in  the mail  to                                                              
           either  declare a political  affiliation or opt  out of                                                              
           the voter  registration process." So, it  does say that                                                              
           after  two pretty good  significant paragraphs,  but it                                                              
           also says  for a small  change our state  can reap huge                                                              
           benefits and these benefits are three:                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
                1. Make government more efficient and save                                                                      
                taxpayer dollars.                                                                                               
                2. Voter databases become more accurate and                                                                     
                secure.                                                                                                         
                3. Every eligible voter gets an equal opportunity                                                               
                to have their voice heard in our democracy.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
           That's what people are  going to pay attention to, so I                                                              
           think  it is  well within  our reason.  So,  the courts                                                              
           have several different  tests that they are going to go                                                              
           through,  I get that.  I just  wanted to make  the case                                                              
           that the  burden should, the burden  of the willingness                                                              
           to vote, still  belongs to the voters. There should not                                                              
           be  a  presumption   on  a  government  that  they  are                                                              
           registered to vote,  there should be a presumption that                                                              
           the individual chooses to vote.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
           The next  thing we are  going to talk  about is sending                                                              
           notices back  and forth, all you have to  do is say, "I                                                              
           want  to register to  vote," just  like you do  on your                                                              
           car  registration,  it's  just  a  simple, "I  want  to                                                              
           register  to vote;" this  way you have  to actually get                                                              
           information back and  they are trying to change that to                                                              
           say, "I want to  opt out," it's an awkward way of doing                                                              
           it.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
           So,  to  me  the  burden  if  you  will  or  the  least                                                              
           restrictive  means to the  individual would be  to just                                                              
           opt-in.  The  least restrictive  to  the government  is                                                              
           you've got  to opt-out. I  just error on the  side or I                                                              
           fall on the  side of having the least restrictive means                                                              
           to  the  individual,  that's  just  me,  so  that's  my                                                              
           argument.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
      4:19:13 PM                                                                                                              
      CHAIR MEYER asked if he had a legal opinion.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR COGHILL  replied that his  legal opinion said,  "We think                                                               
it may  and we think  it may not."  He opined that  his amendment                                                               
may not be a problem.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GIESSEL asked Senator Coghill to explain Amendment 1.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR COGHILL  summarized that  the amendment changes  the opt-                                                               
out in  the bill  to an  opt-in. He  conceded that  the amendment                                                               
might be litigated but emphasized  that an individual should have                                                               
the  right to  say, "I  want to  vote," instead  of saying,  "I'm                                                               
already registered,  I don't  want to  be registered."  He opined                                                               
that his  amendment is a  better civics concept where  the burden                                                               
is  placed on  the voter  to register  rather than  a presumption                                                               
that goes to the state.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:24:29 PM                                                                                                                    
LIBBY BAKALAR,  Assistant Attorney General, Alaska  Department of                                                               
Law, Juneau, Alaska, addressed Amendment 1 as follows:                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     I have  reviewed the memo from  legislative counsel and                                                                    
     I agree  with it overall.  The germane sentence  in Mr.                                                                    
     Bullard's  memo is  that, "There  exists a  possibility                                                                    
     that  requiring   an  applicant  to  opt-in   could  be                                                                    
     interpreted by  a court as  so significant a  change to                                                                    
     the  initiated law  that it  functions as  a repeal  of                                                                    
     15PFVR,"  which  is  the  ballot  initiative  that  was                                                                    
     enacted in the 2016 general  election. In my view, that                                                                    
     outcome  is  more  likely than  not  because  the  core                                                                    
     intent  behind   the  initiative   was  to   create  an                                                                    
     automatic  voter  registration   process,  the  opt-out                                                                    
     provisions are sort of the  heart of that process and I                                                                    
     think  that the  Supreme Court  would more  likely than                                                                    
     not reach  the conclusion  that this type  of amendment                                                                    
     prior   to   March   of  2019   would   constitute   an                                                                    
     unconstitutional repeal of the bill.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     So,  Mr.  Bullard  has correctly  identified  the  core                                                                    
     legal issue.  I think  that yes,  he is  saying "maybe,                                                                    
     maybe not." I think more  "maybe yes" based on what I'm                                                                    
     reading   and  specifically   in  section   5  of   the                                                                    
     initiative what  I understood  the sponsors'  intent to                                                                    
     be. My  understanding from  working with  the sponsors'                                                                    
     post enactment that  this is really all  about the opt-                                                                    
     out  process  and  with respect  to  Senator  Coghill's                                                                    
           concerns  about where  the  burden falls  on  the state                                                              
           versus  the  government,  this  is something  that  the                                                              
           people  enacted, the people  voted for it.  So, we have                                                              
           no choice really but  to assume this is what the people                                                              
           want is to  have this automatic opt-out process. Now, I                                                              
           think were Senator  Coghill's amendment to be adopted I                                                              
           think  the amendment is  sufficiently deviant  from the                                                              
           core of  the intent of the initiative  that a court, if                                                              
           this  were litigated, would  more likely than  not find                                                              
           this to be  affectively a repeal of the measure, that's                                                              
           my legal opinion.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
      4:26:58 PM                                                                                                              
      SENATOR COGHILL responded to Ms. Bakalar's response                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
           We had  this conversation and  as you can  see from the                                                              
           legal  opinion a  lot of it  is what-if  language, it's                                                              
           not very emphatic and  so I get that and I don't see it                                                              
           going to  the heart of  it because the heart  of it was                                                              
           to make  it easier for people to  register; in fact, if                                                              
           you  go back  and listen to  all of  the advertisements                                                              
           that happened,  it was really centered  on, it makes it                                                              
           easy for  you to register  to vote and it  should be on                                                              
           the your  PFD and then to simply say,  "Okay, I want to                                                              
           register on the  PFD," seems cleaner, clearer, and less                                                              
           expensive.  So, I  don't think it  goes outside  of the                                                              
           realm  of either  the  ballot measure  language  or the                                                              
           actual  legislative  intent  in  the  language  of  the                                                              
           thing. So,  it does change some of it,  but I think our                                                              
           constitutional  duty is very,  very clear, that  we may                                                              
           amend  it  at  any  time.  I  think this  is  a  proper                                                              
           amendment,  it  does speak  to  a court  issue,  but it                                                              
           doesn't  change, I think,  the core of  the expectation                                                              
           of  the initiative.  So,  that's just  my  argument, we                                                              
           just fundamentally disagree  on this, it's a reasonable                                                              
           argument both ways, but that's where I fall.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
      4:28:19 PM                                                                                                              
      CHAIR MEYER asked Ms. Bakalar to verify that the initiative                                                               
      cannot be amended for two years.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
      MS. BAKALAR specified as follows:                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
           You  may amend it  at any time,  you may not  repeal it                                                              
           before two  years, but what  the case law  says is that                                                              
     some   amendments   are   so  significant   that   they                                                                    
     "vitiate," is the word that  the Supreme Court uses, so                                                                    
     vitiate the  initiative as to constitute  effectively a                                                                    
     repeal of the initiative.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR MEYER asked if she believes that the amendment effectively                                                                
repeals the initiative.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MS. BAKALAR replied yes.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR COGHILL responded as follows:                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     I think  that it falls  right square in the  intent and                                                                    
     this  idea of  using  a permanent  fund  dividend as  a                                                                    
     place to apply  for a voter registration,  that was the                                                                    
     core intent, and this makes it  so easy all you have to                                                                    
     do is say, "Yes, I want  to register to vote." So, that                                                                    
     is the difference of opinion we have.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
4:29:15 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR MEYER agreed with legal counsel and maintained his                                                                        
objection. He asked for a roll call vote.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
A roll call vote was taken. Senators Wilson, Giessel, Egan, and                                                                 
Coghill voted in favor of Amendment 1 and Chair Meyer voted                                                                     
against it. Therefore, Amendment 1 passed by a 4:1 vote.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
4:30:34 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR MEYER asked Director Bahnke to proceed with Amendment 2.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
4:30:56 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR GIESSEL moved Amendment 2. She noted that the amendment                                                                 
does not have a legal drafting number and simply states on the                                                                  
top of the document: AM - to SB 186, 03/07/2018.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                          AMENDMENT 2                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     OFFERED IN THE SENATE                                                                                                      
          TO: SB 186                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     Page 2, line 2, following "treat":                                                                                         
          Delete "an eligible"                                                                                              
                Insert "a"                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
           Page 2, line 3, following "applicant":                                                                           
                Insert "under AS 43.23.016"                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
           Page 2, line 9:                                                                                                      
                Delete "Upon"                                                                                                   
                Insert  "The director  shall  establish procedures                                                          
           to allow  a permanent fund dividend  applicant under AS                                                          
           43.23.015  to   decline  voter  registration  under  AS                                                          
           43.23.016 when  applying for a  permanent fund dividend                                                          
           under AS  43.23.015. The procedures may  include a form                                                          
           prescribed  by  the  director.  For  a  permanent  fund                                                          
           dividend   applicant  that   does  not   decline  voter                                                          
           registration   through  the  permanent   fund  dividend                                                          
           application, upon[UPON]"                                                                                       
                                                                                                                              
           Page 2, lines 12 - 13:                                                                                               
                Delete "[NOT ALREADY REGISTERED TO VOTE]"                                                                       
                Insert "not already registered to vote"                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
           Page 3, line 5, following "(9)":                                                                                 
                Insert  "under  the  procedures  developed by  the                                                          
           director  of   the  division  of   elections  under  AS                                                          
           15.07.070(k)"                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
      4:31:20 PM                                                                                                              
      CHAIR MEYER objected for discussion purposes.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
      MS. BAHNKE explained Amendment 2 as follows:                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
           Page 2, line 2:                                                                                                    
     Delete "an  eligible;" this  is to  provide an  area of                                                                    
     clarity  and  to   streamline  the  voter  registration                                                                    
     process with regards to eligibility  of a PFD applicant                                                                    
     and  a registered  voter; this  was  needed because  we                                                                    
     don't know if one is eligible  at the time they come in                                                                    
     the door to  apply for a PFD, so we  saw as a necessary                                                                    
     change to clarify that.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     Page 2, line 3:                                                                                                          
     Following "applicant"  we inserted  reference to  a PFD                                                                    
     statute  and   that  was   for  conformity   by  adding                                                                    
     reference to AS 43.23.016.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     Page 2, line 9:                                                                                                          
     Delete "Upon" then insert how  the opt-out process will                                                                    
     work  in practice  and sets  opt-out standards  for the                                                                    
     director  and  allows  the director  to  come  up  with                                                                    
     procedures.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     Page 2, lines 12-13:                                                                                                     
     We added this  back in, it was  originally deleted, but                                                                    
     we added it back in,  "not already registered to vote,"                                                                    
     because  the  division  will   want  to  provide  newly                                                                    
     registered voters  a voter card,  so it  eliminated the                                                                    
     necessity of a  mailer but we want to add  back in "not                                                                    
     already registered to vote" because  we still will want                                                                    
     to mail them a new voter card.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     Page 3, line 5:                                                                                                          
     Allows the division director to adopt regulations.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:33:23 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR COGHILL commented as follows:                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     Because  of the  opt-in/opt-out  debate, certainly  the                                                                    
     lines  8-14 are  not going  to work  in this  bill. So,                                                                    
     what is necessary in this  particular amendment for you                                                                    
     to  manage, for  example,  the  not already  registered                                                                    
     vote. So, let's  go through this and find  out based on                                                                    
     the  amendment   we  just   did,  what   is  absolutely                                                                    
     necessary  for you  to do  to  make it  smoother or  is                                                                    
     there anything, based on  the amendment, nothing, right                                                                    
     at this point?                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MS. BAKALAR responded as follows:                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
           I do  think the passage of the  previous amendment will                                                              
           probably sort of moot  the reason for this piece of the                                                              
           amendment, it's  hard for me to visualize  without a CS                                                              
           in front of  me, I kind of need to  look at the CS with                                                              
           both  amendments together  to see  what works  and what                                                              
           doesn't  work because  it's hard for  me to  picture it                                                              
           all  in  pieces;   but,  certainly  this  part  of  the                                                              
           amendment that  we are looking at  that Senator Coghill                                                              
           has identified, lines  8-14 on page 1 of our amendment,                                                              
           certainly  is  implicated by  the  amendment that  just                                                              
           passed  and because it  goes to the  opt-out procedures                                                              
           if  there is no  opt-out procedure in  the bill anymore                                                              
           then  I don't  know that this  piece is  needed because                                                              
           the whole  reason for this piece  was to facilitate and                                                              
           streamline the opt-out  procedure. So, if the amendment                                                              
           is   to  do  away   with  the  opt-out   then  I  don't                                                              
           necessarily, and  again, I will qualify  my response by                                                              
           saying  I would  need to  see the  CS and  consult with                                                              
           Legislative  Legal and my  colleagues, etcetera,  but I                                                              
           don't  think  this  piece  of  the amendment  would  be                                                              
           necessarily  needed anymore because  it does go  to the                                                              
           whole  opt-out concept and  if that concept  is removed                                                              
           from the  bill then I  don't think we  will likely need                                                              
           that piece.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
      4:35:28 PM                                                                                                              
      SENATOR COGHILL replied as follows:                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
           Based  on that, I  would like to  reject the amendment,                                                              
           but have them come  back to things that they think they                                                              
           needed  to have  for  the better  operation  because it                                                              
           looks  like  there  are  pieces  in  here that  may  be                                                              
           helpful to them, I just don't know the answer to that.                                                               
                                                                                                                                
      CHAIR  MEYER suggested  that he  hold the  bill in  committee and                                                         
      order a  committee substitute (CS)  with the new  Amendment 1. He                                                         
      confirmed  that Amendment  1 changed  the bill  significantly. He                                                         
      opined  that cleanup was  needed for  Amendment 2 and  noted that                                                         
      the proposed  amendment was different than  what the division had                                                         
      previously offered.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
      SENATOR GIESSEL asked if she should withdraw her motion to adopt                                                          
      Amendment 2 or to make a motion to table Amendment 2.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR MEYER replied that the amendment would be left as moved                                                                   
with no action taken and be picked up when the committee has a                                                                  
CS.                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
4:36:55 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR MEYER held SB 186 in committee.                                                                                           

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
Confirmation Hearing Lt Gov Suc Valerie Davidson.pdf SSTA 3/22/2018 3:30:00 PM
Committee Hearing
Confirmation Hearing
Confirmation Hearing Board of Fish Orville Huntington.pdf SSTA 3/22/2018 3:30:00 PM
Committee Hearing
Confirmation Hearing
CSHB 31 Version O.PDF SSTA 3/22/2018 3:30:00 PM
HB 31
CS HB 31 Sponsor Statement.pdf SSTA 3/22/2018 3:30:00 PM
HB 31
HB31 Ltr of Support Alaska Womens Lobby.pdf SSTA 3/22/2018 3:30:00 PM
HB 31
HB 31 Ltr of Support League of Women Voters.pdf SSTA 3/22/2018 3:30:00 PM
HB 31
CSHB 31 Supporting Document Public Safety Q & A Sexual Assault Kits.pdf SSTA 3/22/2018 3:30:00 PM
HB 31
CS HB 31 Supporting Document DNA Evidence leads to conviction AK Dispatch 3.1.17.pdf SSTA 3/22/2018 3:30:00 PM
HB 31
CS HB 31 Support Materials Alaska Brief from Joyful Heart.pdf SSTA 3/22/2018 3:30:00 PM
HB 31
CS HB 31 Summary of Changes.pdf SSTA 3/22/2018 3:30:00 PM
HB 31
CSHB 31 Fiscal Note.pdf SSTA 3/22/2018 3:30:00 PM
HB 31
SB 186 DOE Responses 3.12.2018.pdf SSTA 3/22/2018 3:30:00 PM
SB 186
SB 186 DOE Amendment.pdf SSTA 3/22/2018 3:30:00 PM
SB 186
SB 186 Coghill Amendment.pdf SSTA 3/22/2018 3:30:00 PM
SB 186
SB 186 Legal Memo 3.9.2018.pdf SSTA 3/22/2018 3:30:00 PM
SB 186
SB 186 DOE Amendment.pdf SSTA 3/22/2018 3:30:00 PM
SB 186
SB 186 Voter Initiaitive 15PFVR.pdf SSTA 3/22/2018 3:30:00 PM
SB 186
SB 186 Sectional Analysis updated.pdf SSTA 3/22/2018 3:30:00 PM
SB 186
CS HB 31 Ltr of Support Joyful Heart.pdf SSTA 3/22/2018 3:30:00 PM
HB 31
CS HB 31 Sponsor Amendment.pdf SSTA 3/22/2018 3:30:00 PM
HB 31