Legislature(2009 - 2010)CAPITOL 106
04/09/2010 03:15 PM LABOR & COMMERCE
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HCR 21-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PLANNING COMMISSION 3:38:29 PM CHAIR OLSON announced that the next order of business would be HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 21, Creating and relating to the Economic Development Planning Commission. [Before the committee was CSHCR 21(EDT)]. ROB EARL, Staff, Representative Bob Herron, Alaska State Legislature, introduced himself. ERIN HARRINGTON, Staff, Representative Alan Austerman, Alaska State Legislature, introduced herself. 3:39:18 PM REPRESENTATIVE CHENAULT made a motion to adopt Amendment 1, labeled 26-LS1446\P.3, Cook, 4/5/10. Page 2, line 8: Delete "public member" Insert "member of the House of Representatives" Page 2, lines 9 - 11: Delete all material. Insert "Representatives;" Page 2, lines 12 - 13: Delete "who is not an officer of the state or employed by officers of the state," Page 2, line 13: Delete "sector," Insert "sector" Page 2, lines 15 - 17: Delete all material and insert: "(5) one member of the Senate appointed by the President of the Senate;" Page 2, line 21: Delete "one public member" Insert "two public members" Page 2, line 24: Delete "one public member" Insert "two public members" CHAIR OLSON objected for the purpose of discussion. 3:39:45 PM MR. EARL explained that Amendment 1 would change the appointment authority for the legislative members of the commission. The President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House rather than the co-chairs of the Finance Committees would make the appointments. Thus, the resolution would maintain the same membership composition of six public members, including two legislators, two members of the executive branch, the committee's prior amendment on March 30th to include the president of the Alaska Partnership for Economic Development, or the president's designee, and one additional public appointment. Amendment 1 also would remove the requirement for four of the appointees to not be officers of the state or employed by officers of the state. This requirement was removed to provide the flexibility to select qualified candidates from the executive branch or the Governor's office if a potential candidate has the needed expertise. 3:41:10 PM CHAIR OLSON removed his objection. There being no further objection, Amendment 1 was adopted. 3:41:36 PM REPRESENTATIVE CHENAULT made a motion to adopt Conceptual Amendment 1, labeled, Conceptual Amendment to Amendment P.3, which read [original punctuation provided]: INSERT at line 1: P. 2, lines 4-7 Delete all material INSERT at line 19: P. 2, lines 18-19 Delete "who is not an officer of the state or employed by officers of the state" CHAIR OLSON objected for purpose of discussion. 3:41:56 PM MR. EARL restated Conceptual Amendment 1. He referred to page 2, lines 4-7. He stated that Conceptual Amendment 1 is essentially "clean up" language. The effect of Conceptual Amendment 1 is that the two legislators members would be appointed by presiding officers of the legislature. He referred to page 2, lines 18-19, to paragraph (6) and related that the language "...who is not an officer of the state or employed by officers of the state..." would also be deleted. This reference was inadvertently omitted from the list of the four public member appointees that should be allowed to be officers of the state. CHAIR OLSON removed his objection. There being no further objection, Conceptual Amendment 1 was adopted. 3:42:41 PM REPRESENTATIVE CHENAULT made motion to adopt Amendment 1, as amended by Conceptual Amendment 1. CHAIR OLSON related that this would motion would combine Amendment 1 and the Conceptual Amendment 1, which were both adopted at today's hearing. There being no objection, Amendment 1, as amended was adopted. 3:45:09 PM CHAIR OLSON, after first determining that no one else wished to testify, closed the public hearing on HCR 21. 3:45:33 PM REPRESENTATIVE T. WILSON asked whether the sponsor would object to removing the funding for the staff person from the fiscal note. REPRESENTATIVE ALAN AUSTERMAN, Alaska State Legislature, said he thought that he could work with the Department of Commerce, Community, & Economic Development (DCCED) on the bill. He stated that he did not have a problem removing the staff person and the attached funding. 3:46:00 PM REPRESENTATIVE T. WILSON offered that she did not object to the travel and per diem in the amount of $22,000 included in the fiscal note. 3:46:17 PM REPRESENTATIVE CHENAULT moved to report HCR 21, as amended, out of committee with individual recommendations and the accompanying fiscal notes. There being no objection, CSHCR 21(L&C) was reported from the House Labor and Commerce Standing Committee.