Legislature(2003 - 2004)

03/19/2004 08:01 AM STA

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HB 467-COMMEMORATIVE QUARTERS COMMISSION                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Number 0025                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR WEYHRAUCH  announced that  the last  order of  business was                                                               
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."                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
TAPE 04-41, SIDE A                                                                                                            
Number 0029                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  WEYHRAUCH welcomed  Jo Ann  Jones,  a fifth-grade  teacher                                                               
from Auke Bay Elementary School, and  her students.  He asked the                                                               
committee members  to introduce themselves  to the students.   He                                                               
noted that the  students have studied the bill and  want to offer                                                               
testimony regarding it.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Number 0100                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  GRUENBERG, at  the  request  of Chair  Weyhrauch,                                                               
moved to adopt HB 467 "for discussion purposes."                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  SEATON,  at  the   request  of  Chair  Weyhrauch,                                                               
objected for discussion purposes.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  WEYHRAUCH offered  a  brief  explanation of  parliamentary                                                               
procedure.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Number 0165                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  TOM   ANDERSON,  Alaska  State   Legislature,  as                                                               
sponsor of HB 467, explained  that the proposed legislation would                                                               
give   the   Alaskan  public   the   opportunity   to  design   a                                                               
commemorative  quarter.   He  noted  that  in 1997,  the  federal                                                               
government  passed  a law  that  said  every  state will  have  a                                                               
commemorative quarter  with a design  on it that  represents that                                                               
state.  He noted that many  people have suggested designs for the                                                               
Alaska  commemorative  quarter  already.    He  stated  that  the                                                               
federal government and the U.S.  Mint have recommended that [each                                                               
state] assign a commemorative coin committee.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE ANDERSON said  HB 467 provides for  11 members [on                                                               
the committee].   He indicated that  six of the members  would be                                                               
public members.   For example, one member would  be selected from                                                               
a list  submitted by the  Alaska State  Council on the  Arts, one                                                               
member would  be a student  from a public, private,  or secondary                                                               
school in the state, and  the remaining four public members would                                                               
be  appointed from  each of  the four  judicial districts  in the                                                               
state.  He noted that there  would also be a member selected from                                                               
the majority  caucus and  minority caucus in  both the  House and                                                               
the Senate.  Finally, the eleventh  member would be a designee of                                                               
the governor.   He explained that,  by default, if there  were no                                                               
commission, the  governor would  pick the  design.   He expressed                                                               
that he  would rather have  the public select the  design, rather                                                               
than one person.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Number 0370                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE ANDERSON  directed attention  to the  fiscal note.                                                               
He explained to the students that  the fiscal note shows that the                                                               
cost in 2006  would be $30,000.  That amount  would be for travel                                                               
and per diem for the people  on the commission to meet four times                                                               
to analyze  what would be  the best design for  the commemorative                                                               
quarter.   He offered his  understanding that there would  be "an                                                               
additional  expense" in  2007.   In 2008,  the [design]  would be                                                               
presented and  the coin  minted.   He noted  that the  bill would                                                               
take effect  on January  1, 2005, which  would give  the governor                                                               
enough time to prepare for  the two-year cycle recommended by the                                                               
U.S. Mint.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Number 0522                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE LYNN offered his  understanding that the term "two                                                               
bits" means 25 cents.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Number 0551                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  GRUENBERG revealed  that his  stepfather, Jacques                                                               
Schnier, designed  the commemorative half-dollar for  the opening                                                               
of  the  [San  Francisco-Oakland  Bay  Bridge]  in  [1936].    He                                                               
explained  that a  sculptor made  a plastic  model for  the coin,                                                               
which he possesses.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Number 0600                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  SEATON asked  if  the fiscal  note also  includes                                                               
time in meetings for the actual recommendation of the selection.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE ANDERSON  offered his understanding that  it does.                                                               
He deferred to  a representative from the  Department of Revenue.                                                               
He added  that he wants  to make  [HB 467] coincide  with another                                                               
bill he  sponsored, which  is in regard  to a  planning committee                                                               
for the fiftieth anniversary of statehood.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Number 0694                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MARIA  WEYHRAUCH,  Student  Council  Representative,  Ms.  Jones'                                                               
fifth  grade class,  Auke Bay  Elementary School,  testified that                                                               
the  class  feels that  "students  ages  5-18  should be  on  the                                                               
commission."  She  suggested an amendment on page 2,  line 23, to                                                               
read:   "public, private, or home  school".  She stated  that the                                                               
students  feel the  change  will  add to  the  creativity of  the                                                               
commission.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MS. WEYHRAUCH  asked if there would  be a design contest  open to                                                               
school-aged students throughout  the state for the  design of the                                                               
Alaska [commemorative] quarter.   In response to  a question from                                                               
Representative Lynn, she  confirmed that she is  related to Chair                                                               
Weyhrauch.   In  response  to a  request  for clarification  from                                                               
Representative Seaton,  she restated the idea  for the amendment.                                                               
In  response to  a  question from  Representative Gruenberg,  she                                                               
confirmed that  the students  want to  [open the  requirement for                                                               
one  of  the  seats  on  the  commission]  to  allow  [elementary                                                               
students], rather than just secondary students.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Number 0803                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR WEYHRAUCH suggested the amendment would be conceptual.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Number 0820                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  ANDERSON   said  he   likes  the  idea   for  the                                                               
amendment.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR WEYHRAUCH specified that the  intent of the amendment would                                                               
be to add home school students  as well as students in elementary                                                               
school.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE ANDERSON reminded the  committee that Benny Benson                                                               
[was the  age of an elementary  student] when he entered  and won                                                               
the design contest for the Alaska State Flag.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Number 0876                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SEATON moved to adopt  [Conceptual Amendment 1] as                                                               
follows:                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     On page 2, line 23:                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     Between "public" and "private"                                                                                             
     Insert ","                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     Delete "secondary"                                                                                                         
     Insert "or home"                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Number 0880                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  WEYHRAUCH objected  "for  purposes  of demonstration"  [to                                                               
illustrate for the students what  happens when someone objects to                                                               
a motion].                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
A roll  call vote  was taken.   Representatives  Lynn, Berkowitz,                                                               
Gruenberg,  Seaton,  Coghill, and  Weyhrauch  voted  in favor  of                                                               
Conceptual Amendment  1.  Therefore,  Conceptual Amendment  1 was                                                               
adopted by a vote of 6-0.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR WEYHRAUCH  asked if there was  further discussion regarding                                                               
the bill.   He noted  that there  had been "discussion  about the                                                               
contest," and he said, "I'm not sure how to deal with that."                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Number 0933                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE BERKOWITZ  suggested that the committee  include a                                                               
letter of intent with the  bill, "suggesting (indisc. - coughing)                                                               
that  that would  be something  that the  legislature would  look                                                               
upon favorably."  He said he thinks  it would not be good for the                                                               
legislature to tell the commission how to perform its duties.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Number 0971                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE GRUENBERG  echoed that  he hopes the  letter would                                                               
simply state that "this is one thing they might consider."                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Number 1013                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  WEYHRAUCH clarified  for  the students'  benefit that  the                                                               
letter  of  intent  would  let   the  commission  know  that  the                                                               
legislature recommends the idea of  having a contest among school                                                               
children   [to  come   up  with   the  design   for  the   Alaska                                                               
commemorative quarter].                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Number 1044                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SEATON withdrew his objection to HB 467.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Number 1055                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  GRUENBERG explained  the  process  of moving  the                                                               
bill out of committee for the benefit of the students.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Number 1073                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE GRUENBERG moved to report  HB 467, as amended, out                                                               
of   committee   with    individual   recommendations   and   the                                                               
accompanying  fiscal  note.    There  being  no  objection,  CSHB
467(STA) was  reported out  of the  House State  Affairs Standing                                                               
Committee.                                                                                                                      

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