Legislature(2003 - 2004)

03/29/2004 03:27 PM L&C

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HB 467-COMMEMORATIVE QUARTERS COMMISSION                                                                                      
CHAIR ANDERSON announced  that the first order  of business would                                                               
be  HOUSE   BILL  NO.  467,   "An  Act  establishing   an  Alaska                                                               
Commemorative Coin Commission to  develop the design concepts and                                                               
to make recommendations regarding the  final design of the Alaska                                                               
quarter under the  50 States Commemorative Coin  Program Act; and                                                               
providing  for an  effective date."   [Before  the committee  was                                                               
CSHB 467(STA).]                                                                                                                 
Number 0050                                                                                                                     
CHAIR  ANDERSON,  sponsor,  explained  that HB  467  follows  the                                                               
federal   authorizing   legislation   called   the   "50   States                                                               
Commemorative  Coin  Program  Act."   Annually  over  a  ten-year                                                               
period from  1999 through  2008, the U.S.  will issue  coins with                                                               
state designs  displayed on the  reverse side.  Each  state could                                                               
design,  develop,  and  submit a  design  representative  of  the                                                               
state.   A quarter honoring the  State of Alaska is  scheduled to                                                               
be issued  in 2008.   This bill  establishes an  11-member Alaska                                                               
commemorative  coin commission,  which  will  have the  following                                                               
members:   six public members  appointed by the governor,  one of                                                               
whom is chosen from a list  submitted by the Alaska State Council                                                               
on the Arts; one student in  an Alaskan public or private or home                                                               
secondary school; one  member who is a resident  of and appointed                                                               
from  each  of  the  four  judicial  districts;  a  majority  and                                                               
minority member from  each body of the  legislature, appointed by                                                               
the presiding officers from the  House of Representatives and the                                                               
Senate; and the governor or his/her designee.                                                                                   
CHAIR ANDERSON  said the Office  of the Governor will  initiate a                                                               
public  process  to solicit  narrative  design  concepts for  the                                                               
quarter.   The  commission shall  review and  consider all  these                                                               
concepts  and submit  to the  United States  Mint not  fewer than                                                               
three and not  more than five.  When the  mint provides the State                                                               
of Alaska with its final  designs, the commission will review the                                                               
designs and make final recommendations to the governor.                                                                         
CHAIR  ANDERSON referred  to  the effective  date  of January  1,                                                               
2005, and explained  that this follows the guidelines  set by the                                                               
U.S. Mint  to begin  the design  process 24  months prior  to the                                                               
beginning of the year in which  the quarter will be released.  He                                                               
suggested  this is  timely because  there  will be  two years  to                                                               
prepare.  He  said the calendar year in which  the Alaska quarter                                                               
is to be issued will  coincide with events leading to celebration                                                               
of the 50th anniversary of Alaska  statehood.  He noted that he'd                                                               
sponsored another  bill, HB 476,  to try to  get a  commission to                                                               
coincide with the coin commission.                                                                                              
Number 0323                                                                                                                     
CHAIR   ANDERSON,  in   response  to   Representative  Dahlstrom,                                                               
clarified that if the committee  did not take the responsibility,                                                               
it would default to the governor.   He felt it would be better to                                                               
have a public process involved in the selection of a design.                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE ROKEBERG  asked why  the commission would  have 11                                                               
members, which he thought seemed large and unwieldy.                                                                            
CHAIR ANDERSON  indicated he wanted  to have a  broad perspective                                                               
with  commission   members  from  the  arts,   schools,  judicial                                                               
districts, and both bodies of the legislature.                                                                                  
REPRESENTATIVE ROKEBERG asked  why it would be  necessary to have                                                               
legislative members on the commission.                                                                                          
CHAIR ANDERSON replied that there  was interest and experience in                                                               
the  legislature.   He also  said  this number  is comparable  to                                                               
similar commissions he'd reviewed.                                                                                              
Number 0521                                                                                                                     
REPRESENTATIVE  DAHLSTROM said  she thought  it a  good idea  and                                                               
supported the uneven number of commission members.                                                                              
REPRESENTATIVE GUTTENBERG  read from the bill,  page 2, beginning                                                               
at line 4, "A Citizens  Commemorative Coin Advisory Committee and                                                               
the  United  States  Commission  of Fine  Arts  will  review  the                                                               
designs  and make  recommendations."   He asked  if it  was Chair                                                               
Anderson's  understanding that  these entities  would review  the                                                               
design separately or together.                                                                                                  
CHAIR   ANDERSON  surmised   that  the   review  would   be  done                                                               
REPRESENTATIVE GUTTENBERG noted that  the governor would make the                                                               
final  recommendation  and the  U.S.  Secretary  of the  Treasury                                                               
would  make the  final approval.    He asked  if this  was a  new                                                               
process or similar to previous ones.                                                                                            
CHAIR ANDERSON replied  that he thought it was similar.   He said                                                               
he  felt that  without this  bill,  the governor  would create  a                                                               
commission  and select  staff.   He wanted  this authority  to be                                                               
under the discretion of the House.                                                                                              
REPRESENTATIVE  GUTTENBERG asked  if "narrative  design concepts"                                                               
had been done by other states.                                                                                                  
CHAIR ANDERSON deferred to Mr. Applebee.                                                                                        
Number 0645                                                                                                                     
JOSH  APPLEBEE,  Staff  to Representative  Tom  Anderson,  Alaska                                                               
State  Legislature,  responded  that   when  the  Act  was  first                                                               
implemented it  was discovered that some  designs were unworkable                                                               
for coinage.   The Act was amended to request  that states submit                                                               
thematic narratives or  design narratives.  The  mint creates the                                                               
actual design, he noted.                                                                                                        
CHAIR  ANDERSON  commented that  there  is  a small  fiscal  note                                                               
attached to  HB 467,  since the governor's  office said  it would                                                               
require  a  range  14,  half-time   position  for  two  years  to                                                               
administratively  support   the  commission.    In   response  to                                                               
Representative Rokeberg,  he noted  [that on page  2, line  1, it                                                               
says three to five] designs would be submitted.                                                                                 
REPRESENTATIVE ROKEBERG  surmised that the cost  would be $10,000                                                               
to $15,000 per design just  for administrative support, since the                                                               
fiscal note indicated a total of $82,300 over two years.                                                                        
CHAIR ANDERSON explained  that part of the  expenditures were for                                                               
travel.  He said this bill supports an important process.                                                                       
REPRESENTATIVE ROKEBERG agreed.                                                                                                 
Number 0835                                                                                                                     
REPRESENTATIVE  DAHLSTROM moved  to report  CSHB 467(STA)  out of                                                               
committee  with individual  recommendations and  the accompanying                                                               
fiscal notes.                                                                                                                   
REPRESENTATIVE ROKEBERG objected for  purposes of discussion.  He                                                               
recommended that  the House  Finance Committee  consider removing                                                               
the legislative members and allowing  the governor to appoint two                                                               
members, lowering  the total  to nine.   This might  decrease the                                                               
fiscal note and  make the financing more manageable.   He thought                                                               
the bill  was a  good one,  but questioned who  should be  on the                                                               
commission and the total cost for  getting the job done.  He also                                                               
suggested the legislature, through  its "leadership money," could                                                               
subsidize the legislative members and  lower the full cost of the                                                               
proceedings.   He  said he  supported having  the other  members,                                                               
previously mentioned, on the committee.                                                                                         
REPRESENTATIVE ROKEBERG withdrew his objection.                                                                                 
Number 0911                                                                                                                     
CHAIR  ANDERSON, hearing  no  further  objection, announced  that                                                               
CSHB 467(STA)  was reported  from  the House  Labor and  Commerce                                                               
Standing Committee.                                                                                                             

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