Legislature(1999 - 2000)

05/03/2000 02:00 PM 004

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               SB   4-VICTIMS' RIGHTS/PRISONER'S PFD                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIRMAN HALFORD  called the Conference  Committee on SB  4 to order                                                            
at  2:00  p.m.   Present  were  Senators  Lincoln  and  Halford  and                                                            
Representatives Green, Berkowitz and Murkowski.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CHAIRMAN  HALFORD  noted  the  conference  committee  discussed  the                                                            
sunset  provision  and  the  department   location.    The  proposed                                                            
conference  committee  substitute  places  the  Office  of  Victims'                                                            
Rights in the  Department of Public  Safety however that  department                                                            
does not  want to house  it.  The committee  then discussed  placing                                                            
the office in  the Department of Law, recognizing  that anywhere the                                                            
Office  of Victims'  Rights  is placed,  other  than  in a  separate                                                            
ombudsman-type setting,  a conflict of interest will be created.  He                                                            
suggested adopting the  proposed conference committee substitute and                                                            
then amending it.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  LINCOLN moved to  adopt the proposed  conference  committee                                                            
substitute dated  5/2/00, Version X.  Without objection,  the motion                                                            
carried.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIRMAN  HALFORD  noted  a  conceptual   amendment  to  change  the                                                            
department  location from  the Department  of Public  Safety to  the                                                            
Department of Law was in order.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  BERKOWITZ so moved.   There being no objection,  the                                                            
location was changed to the Department of Law.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
CHAIRMAN HALFORD  asked for a motion  to include a letter  of intent                                                            
requesting  that  an  audit  be  performed  in  the  third  year  of                                                            
operation.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  GREEN  so  moved.   There  being no  objection,  the                                                            
motion carried.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CHAIRMAN  HALFORD  asked members  if  they would  like  to view  the                                                            
letter of intent prior to moving CCSSB 4 out of committee.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  LINCOLN said  she did  not but  reminded  members that  the                                                            
sunset provision needs to be addressed.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CHAIRMAN  HALFORD informed  committee  members  that the  conference                                                            
committee  substitute contains  a sunset date  of 2006.  He  pointed                                                            
out the  letter of intent  will request a  performance audit  in the                                                            
year 2005.  No one objected.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIRMAN  HALFORD asked  members to  sign the  conference  committee                                                            
report.  With no further  business to come before the committee,  he                                                            
adjourned the meeting at 2:05 p.m.                                                                                              

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