Legislature(2017 - 2018)BUTROVICH 205

03/27/2018 03:30 PM STATE AFFAIRS

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03:32:32 PM Start
03:33:38 PM Confirmation Hearing(s): Alaska Police Standards Council, Alaska Public Office Commission
03:50:42 PM HB44
04:30:01 PM SB186
04:39:56 PM HB138
05:02:35 PM SB210
05:15:00 PM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
Consideration of Governor's Appointees
+ Alaska Public Office Commission TELECONFERENCED
- Anne Helzer
+ Alaska Police Standards Council TELECONFERENCED
- Michael Craig
- Justin Doll
- David Knapp
- Larry "Shane" Nicholson
-- Public Testimony on Appointees --
+ HB 138 MARCH: SOBRIETY AWARENESS MONTH TELECONFERENCED
Moved HB 138 Out of Committee
*+ SB 210 SEAFOOD MISREPRESENTATION ON MENUS TELECONFERENCED
Moved SB 210 Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
+= HB 44 LEGISLATIVE ETHICS: VOTING & CONFLICTS TELECONFERENCED
Moved SCS CSSSHB 44(STA) Out of Committee
+= SB 186 VOTER REGISTRATION & PFD APP REGISTRATION TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSSB 186(STA) Out of Committee
             HB 138-MARCH: SOBRIETY AWARENESS MONTH                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:39:56 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR MEYER called the committee back to order and announced the                                                                
consideration of House Bill 138 (HB 138).                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
4:40:41 PM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE IVY SPOHNHOLZ, Alaska State Legislature, Juneau,                                                                 
Alaska, sponsor of HB 138, provided an overview of the bill as                                                                  
follows:                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     HB  138   permanently  designates  March   as  Sobriety                                                                    
     Awareness  Month. Sobriety  Awareness Month  recognizes                                                                    
     and  celebrates Alaskans  who choose  to  live a  sober                                                                    
     lifestyle and  provides an opportunity for  Alaskans to                                                                    
     promote  sobriety through  activities and  celebrations                                                                    
     throughout the state.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     This bill is  not a new idea and the  concept behind it                                                                    
     is  not a  new idea.  In  the 1980s  and 1990s,  native                                                                    
     Alaskan and  rural communities recognized  the negative                                                                    
     impact that alcohol and drug  abuse had in their lives,                                                                    
     so   they  sought   to  help   solve  the   problem  by                                                                    
     highlighting models  of sobriety in  their communities.                                                                    
     This movement  escalated in 1992 when  the first "Idita                                                                    
     Pledge"  event  was  undertaken by  Akiak  musher  Mike                                                                    
     Williams  who   was  a  musher  participating   in  the                                                                    
     Iditarod  and he  carried  signatures  of Alaskans  who                                                                    
     pledged to  live a sober  lifestyle with him  along the                                                                    
     Iditarod.  In 1995  the Legislature  adopted this  idea                                                                    
     for  the  first  time   declaring  its  first  sobriety                                                                    
     awareness  month,  but  really the  whole  concept  was                                                                    
     built  in the  Alaskan  native community  and has  been                                                                    
     carried by  the Alaska Federation of  Natives (AFN) for                                                                    
     many  years.  In  1996  there was  a  big  push  around                                                                    
     Sobriety  Awareness Month  and  the Alaska  Legislature                                                                    
     amended  the Uniform  Alcoholism and  Treatment Act  to                                                                    
     reaffirm   the  state's   commitment  to   sobriety  by                                                                    
     recognizing  that  it's  the policy  of  the  state  to                                                                    
     recognize, appreciate and reinforce  the example set by                                                                    
     its citizens  who lead  in, believe  in, and  support a                                                                    
     life  of sobriety.  Sobriety Awareness  Month continued                                                                    
     to  live  on as  sort  of  an  annual activity  of  the                                                                    
     Legislature  until 2006;  however,  sobriety remains  a                                                                    
     really important  topic in the state  as alcoholism and                                                                    
     drug addiction continue to plague us in many ways.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
     Last year  the McDowell Group reported  through a study                                                                    
     that found that the economic  cost to the state in 2015                                                                    
     for  alcohol  and  drug abuse  was  about  $3  billion,                                                                    
     that's pretty significant  and we of course  have had a                                                                    
     lot of  conversations recently in  light of  your crime                                                                    
     problem  and the  opioid epidemic  about the  challenge                                                                    
     with addiction that  we continue to suffer  from in the                                                                    
     State of  Alaska. I would  argue that even in  spite of                                                                    
     the  scope  and  the  growth of  the  opioid  epidemic,                                                                    
     alcohol is still the number-one  drug of choice of most                                                                    
     Alaskans and remains probably our number-one problem.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     Many  of you  may know  that I  made a  personal choice                                                                    
     about 15-and-a-half years ago  to become sober and have                                                                    
     raised my family  with a sober mom and  really proud of                                                                    
     that. I  think that as  a public person  it's important                                                                    
     to use  my position  to help  educate people  about the                                                                    
     doors  that  sobriety can  open  to  one if  you  allow                                                                    
     yourself to  walk through  and that in  fact it  can be                                                                    
     far from a burden but  in fact can be quite liberating.                                                                    
     So, I'm pleased  to be able to present  this concept to                                                                    
     you.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
4:44:10 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  COGHILL commented  that his  mind goes  to the  times of                                                               
year where  alcohol consumption seems  to "rev up."  For example,                                                               
the holiday  seasons like the  Fourth of July, Christmas  and New                                                               
Year's.  He asked  if she  did a  study on  the placement  of the                                                               
Sobriety Awareness Month to get more public attention.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  SPOHNHOLZ   answered  that  choosing   March  was                                                               
founded   on  tradition.   She  explained   that  the   tradition                                                               
originally  came from  the "Idita  Pledge." She  opined that  the                                                               
sobriety message  might be missed  during the holidays  when many                                                               
activities  occur.  She  said  the decision  was  to  stick  with                                                               
tradition and  pick March for  the Sobriety Awareness  Month. She                                                               
disclosed  that  she  inherited  the bill  from  a  former  House                                                               
representative and decided to take the concept and run with it.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
4:45:51 PM                                                                                                                    
TASHA  ELIZARDE, Staff,  Representative  Spohnholz, Alaska  State                                                               
Legislature, Juneau,  Alaska, explained  that HB  138 establishes                                                               
March as "Sobriety Awareness Month" in the state.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
She said  Section 1 clarifies in  codified law that the  State of                                                               
Alaska  recognizes  the  importance  of sobriety  in  the  state.                                                               
Section 2  adds a section  to AS 44.12.150, designating  March as                                                               
Sobriety Awareness  Month that allows schools,  community groups,                                                               
public   and   private   agencies,   other   organizations,   and                                                               
individuals  who  are  invested  in  the  cause  of  sobriety  to                                                               
celebrate with activities.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR MEYER commented  that there seems to be a  lot of bills for                                                               
awareness months and  days. He agreed that  establishing March as                                                               
Sobriety   Awareness   Month   is   important   and   appreciated                                                               
Representative Spohnholz for bringing the legislation forward.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GIESSEL stated  that she appreciated March  as the chosen                                                               
month because March  is the month of the Iditarod  where the race                                                               
goes through  many rural villages.  She said sobriety is  a topic                                                               
that  could  be  spotlighted  by the  Iditarod's  platform  where                                                               
everyone, even outside the state follows.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR MEYER noted  that the intent is to make  the designation in                                                               
statute rather than  a resolution that is brought  up annually to                                                               
serve as  a reminder versus  passing a bill and  forgetting about                                                               
it. He  pointed out that  Representative Spohnholz has  chosen to                                                               
dedicate her life to encourage people who need to be sober.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
4:48:31 PM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE SPOHNHOLZ  explained that  she inherited  the bill                                                               
and concurred  that the  intent is  to designate  the legislation                                                               
into law, a philosophy that she  agreed with. She opined that the                                                               
sobriety message  from advocates and community  members should be                                                               
focused  on  Alaskans  rather  than  educating  legislators.  She                                                               
asserted that Alaskans need to  hear the message that sobriety is                                                               
a positive and  powerful choice that can lead to  a vibrant life.                                                               
She emphasized  that the sobriety  choice does not move  a person                                                               
away   from  fun,   self-realization  and   great  relationships;                                                               
however, sobriety  moves an individual towards  those things. She                                                               
asserted   that  the   bill  will   provide  advocates   with  an                                                               
opportunity to move  away from legislators and  focus on building                                                               
a community of support around  the sobriety topic, something that                                                               
she believes is a good use of their precious time as a resource.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
4:49:53 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR MEYER opened public testimony.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
4:50:18 PM                                                                                                                    
KIM  ZELLO,  Advocate,  Fallen  Up  Ministries,  Palmer,  Alaska,                                                               
testified  in support  of HB  138. She  explained that  Fallen Up                                                               
Ministries  is a  nonprofit  that advocates  for  those who  have                                                               
addictions, seek sobriety and need peer support or transitional-                                                                
living services.  She set forth that  HB 138 will give  notice to                                                               
the  state and  nation  that Alaska  recognizes important  issues                                                               
that have affected residents like addiction and sobriety.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
4:52:10 PM                                                                                                                    
JULIE  KITKA,  President,  Alaska Federation  of  Natives  (AFN),                                                               
Anchorage, Alaska, testified in support  of HB 138. She disclosed                                                               
that  AFN historically  has been  very involved  in the  sobriety                                                               
movement.  She  said  making  a  permanent  month  dedication  to                                                               
sobriety  would be  very constructive.  She explained  that AFN's                                                               
work  in supporting  the  sobriety movement  over  the years  has                                                               
shown to  change the stigma  of people, attitudes and  lives. She                                                               
emphasized  that   the  legislation   is  not  the   end-all  for                                                               
everything but will be positive and will make a difference.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR MEYER thanked AFN for their resolution.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MS.  KITKA  explained  that  the  resolution  was  from  the  AFN                                                               
convention.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
4:55:16 PM                                                                                                                    
TIFFANY  HALL,  Executive  Director, Recover  Alaska,  Anchorage,                                                               
Alaska,  testified  in support  of  HB  138. She  disclosed  that                                                               
Recover Alaska is  a multi-sector action group  working to reduce                                                               
excessive alcohol  use and harm  throughout Alaska.  She asserted                                                               
that Recover  Alaska's vision is  for Alaskans to live  free from                                                               
the consequences of alcohol misuse  and to empower individuals to                                                               
achieve their full potential.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
She stated  that Recover  Alaska wants  to correct  the falsehood                                                               
that addiction  is a moral  failing and emphasize  that addiction                                                               
is a  chronic disease. She  remarked that Alaska has  a pervasive                                                               
drinking culture and noted statistics  connected to alcohol where                                                               
the state  is at  the top  in terms  of sexual  assault, domestic                                                               
violence,  child abuse,  and suicide.  She pointed  out that  the                                                               
state's alcohol mortality rate is over  twice as high as the rest                                                               
of  the  nation  and  six-times higher  with  the  Alaska  native                                                               
population.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
She  thanked AFN's  sobriety movement  for  initiating March  for                                                               
sobriety  as well  as their  year-round involvement  in promoting                                                               
healthy, sober  lifestyles. She thanked  Representative Spohnholz                                                               
for taking  up HB 138  and for serving  as a strong  and positive                                                               
role model of what a full, healthy, sober life can look like.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
5:00:12 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR MEYER closed public testimony.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
5:00:47 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR GIESSEL moved to report HB 138, version 30-LS0488\D from                                                                
committee with individual recommendations and attached zero                                                                     
fiscal note.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
5:01:01 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR MEYER announced that there being no objection, the motion                                                                 
carried.                                                                                                                        

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
APOC Alaska Public Office Commission HELZER.pdf SSTA 3/27/2018 3:30:00 PM
Confirmation Hearing
Police Standards Council DOLL.pdf SSTA 3/27/2018 3:30:00 PM
Confirmation Hearing
Police Standards Council KNAPP.pdf SSTA 3/27/2018 3:30:00 PM
Confirmation Hearing
Police Standards Council NICHOLSON.pdf SSTA 3/27/2018 3:30:00 PM
Confirmation Hearing
Police Standards Council CRAIG.pdf SSTA 3/27/2018 3:30:00 PM
Confirmation Hearing
HB 138 Version D.PDF SSTA 3/27/2018 3:30:00 PM
HB 138
HB 138 Sponsor Statement.pdf SSTA 3/27/2018 3:30:00 PM
HB 138
HB 138 Sectional Analysis .pdf SSTA 3/27/2018 3:30:00 PM
HB 138
HB 138 Legislative Research History of Sobriety Awareness Month in Alaska.pdf SSTA 3/27/2018 3:30:00 PM
HB 138
HB 138 Letter of Support Set Free Alaska (1).pdf SSTA 3/27/2018 3:30:00 PM
HB 138
HB 138 Support Resolutions and Letters.pdf SSTA 3/27/2018 3:30:00 PM
HB 138
HB 138 Fiscal Note.pdf SSTA 3/27/2018 3:30:00 PM
HB 138
SB 210 Sponsor Statement.pdf SSTA 3/27/2018 3:30:00 PM
SB 210
SB 210 Version D.PDF SSTA 3/27/2018 3:30:00 PM
SB 210
SB 210 Sectional Analysis.pdf SSTA 3/27/2018 3:30:00 PM
SB 210
SB 210 Supporting Doc 1 Oceana Study 2015 Press Release Mislabeling Salmon.pdf SSTA 3/27/2018 3:30:00 PM
SB 210
SB 210 Supporting Doc 2 Oceana Study 2015 Fact Sheet Mislabeling Salmon.pdf SSTA 3/27/2018 3:30:00 PM
SB 210
SB 210 Supporting Doc 3 Oceana Study 2015 Full Report Mislabeling Salmon.pdf SSTA 3/27/2018 3:30:00 PM
SB 210
SB 210 Supporting Doc 4 Mislabeled Fish a National Problem - Boston Globe (2013).pdf SSTA 3/27/2018 3:30:00 PM
SB 210
SB 210 Supporting Doc 5 Bait and switch - UCLA Study (2017).pdf SSTA 3/27/2018 3:30:00 PM
SB 210
SB 210 Supporting Doc 6 Seafood Fraud is Literally Everywhere - Eater (2016).pdf SSTA 3/27/2018 3:30:00 PM
SB 210
SB 210 Supporting Doc 7 Mislabeled Foods Find Their Way to Dinner Tables - NYT (2012).pdf SSTA 3/27/2018 3:30:00 PM
SB 210
SB 210 Supporting Doc 8 Letter of Support - United Fishermen of Alaska (March 2018).pdf SSTA 3/27/2018 3:30:00 PM
SB 210
SB 210 Fiscal Note.pdf SSTA 3/27/2018 3:30:00 PM
SB 210
CSSB 186 Version D.pdf SSTA 3/27/2018 3:30:00 PM
SB 186
CSHB 44 Version N.pdf SSTA 3/27/2018 3:30:00 PM
HB 44
CSHB 44 Legal Memo 3.21.18.pdf SSTA 3/27/2018 3:30:00 PM
HB 44
CSSB 186 Amendment DOE 3.27.2018.pdf SSTA 3/27/2018 3:30:00 PM
SB 186
HB 138 Support American College of Emergency Physicians.pdf SSTA 3/27/2018 3:30:00 PM
HB 138
HB 138 Support email.pdf SSTA 3/27/2018 3:30:00 PM
HB 138
HB 138 Support John Green.pdf SSTA 3/27/2018 3:30:00 PM
HB 138
HB 138 Support Letter Chugach Alaska Corporation.pdf SSTA 3/27/2018 3:30:00 PM
HB 138
HB 138 Support Letter Eklutna Fallen Up.pdf SSTA 3/27/2018 3:30:00 PM
HB 138
HB 138 Support Email Kelly Marre.pdf SSTA 3/27/2018 3:30:00 PM
HB 138
HB 138 Sobriety Awareness Month Presentation.pdf SSTA 3/27/2018 3:30:00 PM
HB 138
HB 138 Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research in AK Summary.pdf SSTA 3/27/2018 3:30:00 PM
HB 138