Legislature(2003 - 2004)

05/20/2003 06:35 PM 075

Audio Topic
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
Mtg. will convene at a call of the Chair
= HB 75 APPROP: OPERATING BUDGET/LOANS/FUNDS
= HB 76 APPROP:MENTAL HEALTH BUDGET
Alaska Court System
Office of the Governor
Dept. of Fish and Game
University of Alaska
Dept. of Education and Early Dev.
Dept. of Trans. and Public Facilities
Debt Retirement
Language Section
Intent
Fiscal Notes
Mental Health
Vice Chair Green MOVED to  REOPEN the Department of Transportation                                                              
and  Public  Facilities  for  the   purpose  of  consideration  of                                                              
amending. There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Vice Chair  Green MOVED TO ADOPT  the Senate numbers for  items 18                                                              
and 19 for the Department  of Transportation and Public Facilities                                                              
(see  motion  sheets).  Chair Harris  observed  that  Senator  Ben                                                              
Stevens did  not object to the  change. There being  NO OBJECTION,                                                              
it was so ordered.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Vice  Chair Green  MOVED TO  ADOPT the  language for  Salary   and                                                              
Benefit Adjustments  as contained in  a letter dated May  20, 2003                                                              
and signed  by Cheryl Frasca,  Director, Division of  Management &                                                              
Budget,  Office of  the Governor  [copy on  file.] There  being NO                                                              
OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHERYL FRASCA, DIRECTOR,  DIVISION OF MANAGEMENT  & BUDGET, OFFICE                                                              
OF THE GOVERNOR explained that  the two unions [Masters, Mates and                                                              
Pilots and Marine Engineers Association]  agreed to a $75 dollar a                                                              
month increase.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Vice Chair Green MOVED TO  ADOPT the proposed conference committee                                                              
amounts for Debt Service items 1 - 10 (see motion sheets).                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
DAVID TEAL, DIRECTOR, LEGISLATIVE  FINANCE DIVISION explained that                                                              
item 2a pertains to the Four  Damn Pool. The House and Senate both                                                              
contained a general fund appropriation  to the Four Damn Pool. The                                                              
Conference Committee  is removing the amount from  the budget. The                                                              
appropriation was included in the capital budget.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Vice Chair Green MOVED TO  ADOPT the proposed conference committee                                                              
amounts  for  Power Cost  Equalization  item  11: House  -  $7,856                                                              
million from the PCE Endowment to  the PCE Fund, Senate - $2,386.3                                                              
from the NPR Fund, $47.7 thousand  from the NPR Fund to the Public                                                              
School Trust Fund,  and $7,111.0 million form the NPR  Fund to the                                                              
PCE Fund.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Mr.  Teal explained  that  the  House did  not  include the  House                                                              
funding of $1,700 million in Investment Loss funds.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Senator Wilken  OBJECTED. He  observed that  the House  and Senate                                                              
offered a choice in how to  calculate the appropriation. The House                                                              
calculation, proposed  in the motion, calculates  by statute under                                                              
federal  law.   The  Senate  calculation  would   use  the  Alaska                                                              
Constitution under Article 9,  Section 15, which states: all rents                                                              
and royalties,  and severance  taxes shall  be deposited  into the                                                              
Permanent  Fund. He  felt that  the  approach taken  would set  up                                                              
tension between the Alaska Constitution  and the 1980 federal law.                                                              
He believed  that the approach  would divert funds that  should be                                                              
sent to the Permanent Fund through  the Constitution. He agreed to                                                              
fund  the appropriation  through federal  and state statutes  with                                                              
the understanding that  a letter from the Leadership  of the House                                                              
and  Senate  would  be  sent   to  the  Governor  and  the  Alaska                                                              
congressional  delegation,  which  could  be termed  a  letter  of                                                              
concern.  The  letter  would  ask [the  Governor  and  the  Alaska                                                              
congressional  delegation] to  investigate and  rectify the  clear                                                              
conflict  between  the Alaska  Constitution  and  federal law.  He                                                              
WITHDREW his OBJECTION.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Chair Harris agreed that a letter would be submitted.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Vice Chair Green MOVED TO  ADOPT Conference Committee language for                                                              
Power  Cost Equalization.  There  being NO  OBJECTION,  it was  so                                                              
ordered.    Mr.  Teal  clarified  that  the  Conference  Committee                                                              
language is a  blend of House and Senate language,  which does not                                                              
require an additional motion.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Vice Chair Green MOVED TO  ADOPT Conference Committee language for                                                              
Debt Retirement: 23-GH1002\ZA.3. There  being NO OBJECTION, it was                                                              
so ordered.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Vice Chair Green MOVED TO  ADOPT the proposed conference committee                                                              
amounts for  the University of  Alaska (see motion  sheets). There                                                              
being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Vice Chair Green MOVED TO  ADOPT the proposed conference committee                                                              
amounts,  language,  and intent  language  for  the Department  of                                                              
Education and  Early Development (see motion  sheets). There being                                                              
NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Vice Chair Green MOVED TO  ADOPT the proposed conference committee                                                              
amounts  for the  Department of  Fish and  Game items  1 -  6 (see                                                              
motion sheets). Mr. Teal clarified  that the $800 thousand in item                                                              
9 is  a replacement of  the general  funds removed by  the Senate.                                                              
Item  9 would  be a  new Conference  Committee transaction.  There                                                              
being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Vice Chair Green MOVED TO  ADOPT the proposed conference committee                                                              
amounts for the Office of the  Governor (see motion sheets). There                                                              
being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Vice Chair Green MOVED TO  ADOPT the proposed conference committee                                                              
amounts  for the Alaska  Court System  (see motion  sheets). There                                                              
being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Vice Chair Green MOVED TO  ADOPT the proposed conference committee                                                              
amounts for the  Department of Administration, items 4  and 5 (see                                                              
motion sheets). There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Vice Chair Green MOVED TO  ADOPT the proposed conference committee                                                              
amounts for  the Department of  Health and Social  Services: items                                                              
59 - 63  (see motion sheets). There being NO  OBJECTION, it was so                                                              
ordered.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Vice Chair Green MOVED TO  ADOPT the proposed conference committee                                                              
intent language for the Department  of Health and Social Services,                                                              
Human Services Matching  Grants. There being NO  OBJECTION, it was                                                              
so ordered.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Vice Chair Green MOVED TO  ADOPT the proposed conference committee                                                              
intent language  for the  Department of  Natural Resources:  It is                                                              
the  intent of  the  Legislature that  the  Department of  Natural                                                              
Resources consider  the finding  of the recent  Legislative Budget                                                              
and  Audit report  for the  Division  of Agriculture  in order  to                                                              
refocus  the  Division  and  Require  greater  accountability  and                                                              
improved performance  standards. There being NO  OBJECTION, it was                                                              
so ordered.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Vice Chair Green MOVED TO  ADOPT the proposed conference committee                                                              
intent language  for the  Department of Public  Safety: It  is the                                                              
intent of  the Legislature  that the  Department of  Public Safety                                                              
will continue  to look for supportive  funding for its  vessels by                                                              
coordinating  and  contracting with  the  Department  of Fish  and                                                              
Game,  National Marine  Fisheries  Service,  and the  governmental                                                              
agencies. There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Vice Chair Green MOVED TO  ADOPT the proposed conference committee                                                              
amounts  for FY04  Fiscal Notes  as contained  on the  spreadheet,                                                              
with the exception of HB 111,  which would be zero (copy on file.)                                                              
There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Vice Chair Green MOVED TO  ADOPT the proposed conference committee                                                              
amounts  and language for  the Mental  Health budget  contained in                                                              
the Department of Health and Social  Services: items 1 - 19. There                                                              
being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Vice Chair Green MOVED RESCIND  the Committee's action in adopting                                                              
the  Senate  numbers for  item  14  in  the Mental  Health  budget                                                              
contained in the Department of Health and Social Services.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Vice Chair Green  MOVED TO ADOPT the House numbers  for item 14 in                                                              
the Mental  Health budget  contained in  the Department  of Health                                                              
and Social  Services. She clarified  that all the items,  with the                                                              
exception of  items 6, 11, 12 and  13 are funded.   There being NO                                                              
OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Vice Chair Green MOVED TO CLOSE Conference Committee action on HB                                                               
75 and HB 76 and to give the Legislative Finance Division                                                                       
authorization to make any necessary technical and conforming                                                                    
amendments.  There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CCHB 75 and CCHB 76 were MOVED from Committee.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
CCHB 75 and CCHB 76 was REPORTED out of Committee with a "do                                                                    
pass" recommendation.                                                                                                           
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#76                                                                                                                             
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
The meeting was adjourned at 7:36 p.m.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                

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