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2004-02-19 Senate Journal

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2004-02-19                     Senate Journal                      Page 2225
HB 374                                                                                            
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 374(FIN) am "An Act establishing the                                          
senior care program and relating to that program; creating a new fund                               
for the provision of senior services; relating to aid to senior citizens;                           
and providing for an effective date" was read the third time.                                       
                                                                                                    
Senator Guess moved and asked unanimous consent that the bill be                                    
returned to second reading for the specific purpose of considering                                  
Amendment No 1. Without objection, the bill was returned to second                                  
reading.                                                                                            
                                                                                                    
Senators Guess, Davis, Ellis, Elton, French, Hoffman, Lincoln, Olson                                
offered Amendment No. 1:                                                                            
                                                                                                    
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 "*Section. 1. AS 47.65 is amended by adding a new section"                                       
                                                                                                    
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 Delete "SENIORCARE PROGRAM."                                                                       
     Insert                                                                                         
            "Article 4. Cash and Drug Benefit for Older Alaskans.                                 
     Sec. 47.65.300. Senior care program."                                                        
                                                                                                    
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 Renumber the following bill section accordingly.                                                   
                                                                                                    
Senator Guess moved for the adoption of Amendment No. 1.                                            
Objections were heard.                                                                              
                                                                                                    
President Therriault stated the debate would proceed under the                                      
provisions of Mason's Manual Sec. 102.                                                              
                                                                                                    
The question being: "Shall Amendment No. 1 be adopted?" The roll                                    
was taken with the following result:                                                                

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CSHB 374(FIN) am                                                                                    
Second Reading                                                                                      
Amendment No. 1                                                                                     
YEAS:  6   NAYS:  12   EXCUSED:  2   ABSENT:  0                                                   
                                                                                                    
Yeas:  Ellis, Elton, French, Guess, Lincoln, Olson                                                  
                                                                                                    
Nays:  Bunde, Cowdery, Dyson, Green, Ogan, Seekins, Stedman,                                        
Stevens B, Stevens G, Therriault, Wagoner, Wilken                                                   
                                                                                                    
Excused:  Davis, Hoffman                                                                            
                                                                                                    
and so, Amendment No. 1 failed.                                                                     
                                                                                                    
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 374(FIN) am was automatically in third                                        
reading.                                                                                            
                                                                                                    
Senator Ellis moved and asked unanimous consent that the bill be                                    
returned to second reading for the specific purpose of considering                                  
Amendment No. 2. Without objection, the bill was returned to second                                 
reading.                                                                                            
                                                                                                    
Senators Ellis, Davis, French, Guess, Hoffman, Olson, Lincoln offered                               
Amendment No. 2:                                                                                    
                                                                                                    
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 Delete "The department may prorate the amount of cash assistance                                   
paid under this subsection if the department estimates that                                         
appropriations for the program are not sufficient to meet the demands                               
for the program in a fiscal year."                                                                  
                                                                                                    
Page 3, lines 21-24:                                                                                
 Delete "(i) For a fiscal year in which prescription drug benefits                                  
under (e) and (f) of this section are not available for a full 12 months,                           
the commissioner may prorate the total maximum amounts available                                    
under (e) and (f) of this section according to the number of months for                             
which those benefits are available."                                                                
                                                                                                    
Senator Ellis moved for the adoption of Amendment No. 2. Senator                                    
Ben Stevens objected.                                                                               
                                                                                                    

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Senator Bunde rose to a point of order. President Therriault cautioned                              
members to proceed in order.                                                                        
                                                                                                    
The question being: "Shall Amendment No. 2 be adopted?" The roll                                    
was taken with the following result:                                                                
                                                                                                    
CSHB 374(FIN) am                                                                                    
Second Reading                                                                                      
Amendment No. 2                                                                                     
YEAS:  6   NAYS:  12   EXCUSED:  2   ABSENT:  0                                                   
                                                                                                    
Yeas:  Ellis, Elton, French, Guess, Lincoln, Olson                                                  
                                                                                                    
Nays:  Bunde, Cowdery, Dyson, Green, Ogan, Seekins, Stedman,                                        
Stevens B, Stevens G, Therriault, Wagoner, Wilken                                                   
                                                                                                    
Excused:  Davis, Hoffman                                                                            
                                                                                                    
Stevens B changed from "Yea" to "Nay".                                                              
                                                                                                    
and so, Amendment No. 2 failed.                                                                     
                                                                                                    
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 374(FIN) am was automatically in third                                        
reading.                                                                                            
                                                                                                    
Senator French moved and asked unanimous consent that the bill be                                   
returned to second reading for the specific purpose of considering                                  
Amendment No. 3. Without objection, the bill was returned to second                                 
reading.                                                                                            
                                                                                                    
Senators French, Davis, Ellis, Elton, Guess, Hoffman, Lincoln, Olson                                
offered Amendment No. 3:                                                                            
                                                                                                    
Page 2, line 7, following "section;"                                                                
 Insert "however, for the purposes of determining eligibility under                                 
this subparagraph, each individual applicant shall be treated as if that                            
individual were the only individual in the household;"                                              
                                                                                                    
Page 2, line 11, following "section;"                                                               
 Insert "however, for the purposes of determining eligibility under                                 
this subparagraph, each individual applicant shall be treated as if that                            
individual were the only individual in the household."                                              

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Senator French moved for the adoption of Amendment No. 3. Senator                                   
Green objected.                                                                                     
                                                                                                    
The question being: "Shall Amendment No. 3 be adopted?" The roll                                    
was taken with the following result:                                                                
                                                                                                    
CSHB 374(FIN) am                                                                                    
Second Reading                                                                                      
Amendment No. 3                                                                                     
YEAS:  7   NAYS:  11   EXCUSED:  2   ABSENT:  0                                                   
                                                                                                    
Yeas:  Dyson, Ellis, Elton, French, Guess, Lincoln, Olson                                           
                                                                                                    
Nays:  Bunde, Cowdery, Green, Ogan, Seekins, Stedman, Stevens B,                                    
Stevens G, Therriault, Wagoner, Wilken                                                              
                                                                                                    
Excused:  Davis, Hoffman                                                                            
                                                                                                    
and so, Amendment No. 3 failed.                                                                     
                                                                                                    
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 374(FIN) am was automatically in third                                        
reading.                                                                                            
                                                                                                    
Senator Lincoln moved and asked unanimous consent that the bill be                                  
returned to second reading for the specific purpose of considering                                  
Amendment No. 4. Without objection, the bill was returned to second                                 
reading.                                                                                            
                                                                                                    
Senators Lincoln, Davis, Ellis, Elton, French, Guess, Hoffman, Olson                                
offered Amendment No. 4:                                                                            
                                                                                                    
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Senator Lincoln moved for the adoption of Amendment No. 4. Senator                                  
Green objected.                                                                                     
                                                                                                    
The question being: "Shall Amendment No. 4 be adopted?" The roll                                    
was taken with the following result:                                                                
                                                                                                    
                                                                                                    

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CSHB 374(FIN) am                                                                                    
Second Reading                                                                                      
Amendment No. 4                                                                                     
YEAS:  9   NAYS:  9   EXCUSED:  2   ABSENT:  0                                                    
                                                                                                    
Yeas:  Ellis, Elton, French, Guess, Lincoln, Ogan, Olson, Seekins,                                  
Wagoner                                                                                             
                                                                                                    
Nays:  Bunde, Cowdery, Dyson, Green, Stedman, Stevens B, Stevens                                    
G, Therriault, Wilken                                                                               
                                                                                                    
Excused:  Davis, Hoffman                                                                            
                                                                                                    
and so, Amendment No 4 failed.                                                                      
                                                                                                    
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 374(FIN) am was automatically in third                                        
reading.                                                                                            
                                                                                                    
Senators Elton, Davis, Ellis, French, Guess, Hoffman, Lincoln, Olson                                
offered the following Letter of Intent:                                                             
                                                                                                    
                               Letter of Intent                                                    
                                                                                                    
          It is the intent of the Legislature to strongly                                           
          encourage the Department of Health and Social                                             
          Services to inform eligible Alaska seniors throughout                                     
          the state of the revised federal poverty level                                            
          guidelines due for re-evaluation by the federal                                           
          government in April 2004, and again the following                                         
          year. The department should do so in order that                                           
          Alaskans who may not currently qualify but may                                            
          become eligible when the federal poverty level                                            
          guidelines are revised will be aware of their                                             
          eligibility. The department is strongly encouraged to                                     
          direct its educational and media campaign to those                                        
          who are current recipients of the SeniorCare                                              
          Assistance Program along with those not enrolled in                                       
          the program so the broadest number of Alaska                                              
          seniors are informed when the federal poverty level                                       
          guidelines are altered.                                                                   
                                                                                                    

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Senator Elton moved for the adoption of the Letter of Intent. Senator                               
Green objected.                                                                                     
                                                                                                    
The question being: "Shall the Letter of Intent pass the Senate?" The                               
roll was taken with the following result:                                                           
                                                                                                    
CSHB 374(FIN) am                                                                                    
Third Reading - Final Passage                                                                       
Adopt Letter of Intent?                                                                             
YEAS:  6   NAYS:  12   EXCUSED:  2   ABSENT:  0                                                   
                                                                                                    
Yeas:  Ellis, Elton, French, Guess, Lincoln, Olson                                                  
                                                                                                    
Nays:  Bunde, Cowdery, Dyson, Green, Ogan, Seekins, Stedman,                                        
Stevens B, Stevens G, Therriault, Wagoner, Wilken                                                   
                                                                                                    
Excused:  Davis, Hoffman                                                                            
                                                                                                    
and so, the Letter of Intent was not adopted.                                                       
                                                                                                    
Senators Bunde, Guess, Cowdery declared a conflict of interest.                                     
                                                                                                    
President Therriault invoked Mason's Manual Sec. 583 in order to                                    
state a fact.                                                                                       
                                                                                                    
The question being: "Shall CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 374(FIN) am                                        
"An Act establishing the senior care program and relating to that                                   
program; creating a new fund for the provision of senior services;                                  
relating to aid to senior citizens; and providing for an effective date"                            
pass the Senate?" The roll was taken with the following result:                                     
                                                                                                    
CSHB 374(FIN) am                                                                                    
Third Reading - Final Passage                                                                       
Effective Date                                                                                      
YEAS:  18   NAYS:  0   EXCUSED:  2   ABSENT:  0                                                   
                                                                                                    
Yeas:  Bunde, Cowdery, Dyson, Ellis, Elton, French, Green, Guess,                                   
Lincoln, Ogan, Olson, Seekins, Stedman, Stevens B, Stevens G,                                       
Therriault, Wagoner, Wilken                                                                         
                                                                                                    
Excused:  Davis, Hoffman                                                                            
                                                                                                    
and so, CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 374(FIN) am passed the Senate.                                        

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Senator Ben Stevens moved and asked unanimous consent that the                                      
vote on the passage of the bill be considered the vote on the effective                             
date clause. Without objection, it was so ordered.                                                  
                                                                                                    
Senator Ben Stevens gave notice of reconsideration.