Legislature(2015 - 2016)SENATE FINANCE 532
03/23/2015 09:00 AM Senate FINANCE
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SENATE BILL NO. 30 "An Act relating to controlled substances; relating to marijuana; relating to driving motor vehicles when there is an open marijuana container; and providing for an effective date." 12:14:32 PM Vice-Chair Micciche MOVED to ADOPT the committee substitute for SB 30, Work Draft 29-LS0231\V (Martin, 3/13/15). Co- Chair MacKinnon OBJECTED for discussion. ERIN SHINE, STAFF, SENATOR ANNA MACKINNON, explained the changes in the committee substitute. She stated that the committee substitute incorporated some of the amendments from March 12 and March 13. She looked at page 1, line 3, which deleted "relating to municipalities" as related to Amendment 4. She referred to page 3, lines 13 through 29, which incorporated Amendment 22: the promoting contraband amendment. She explained that currently, a controlled substance was not allowed in a prison. The change treated marijuana like alcohol, and lowered the penalty from a Class C felony to a Class A misdemeanor. She looked at page 5, lines 17 through 20, which incorporated Amendment 6 that changed the aggregate to usable marijuana. She referred to page 6, line 18, as related to Amendment 18 that was a technical fix that included misconduct involving a controlled substance. She looked at page 6, lines 24 through 25, which clarified that home possession levels were not applicable for criminal possession levels. She referred to page 7, lines 2 through 7, which removed manufacturers, because the initiative clearly allowed for manufacturing. She looked at page 7, line 28 through page 8, and line 1, which incorporated the usable marijuana. She referred to page 8, lines 6, 9, 12, and 19, which incorporated usable marijuana. 12:22:45 PM Co-Chair Kelly remarked that the CS did not include the amendment that was previously adopted. Co-Chair MacKinnon surmised that the committee substitute included all previously adopted amendments, except for one. Ms. Shine agreed. Co-Chair MacKinnon REMOVED her objection. There being NO further OBJECTION, the proposed committee substitute was adopted. Senator Hoffman MOVED to ADOPT Amendment 1, 29-LS0231\V.2, Martin, 3/19/15 (copy on file). Co-Chair MacKinnon OBJECTED for discussion. Senator Hoffman explained the amendment. Co-Chair MacKinnon REMOVED her objection. There being NO further OBJECTION, Amendment 1 was adopted. 12:27:23 PM AT EASE 12:27:49 PM RECONVENED 12:27:55 PM Vice-Chair Micciche discussed the attached fiscal notes. 12:32:08 PM AT EASE 12:34:42 PM RECONVENED 12:34:49 PM Vice-Chair Micciche remarked that the Department of Public Safety (DPS) would identify other funding sources. Senator Hoffman noted that the fiscal note from Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development (DCCED) reflected that the governor had requested. Co-Chair MacKinnon stated that there was a separate bill that address regulations. Senator Dunleavy did not support adding more funds to the legislation, because of Alaska's current fiscal situation. Co-Chair MacKinnon remarked that there was a similar bill that was currently in the legislative process. Vice-Chair Micciche MOVED to REPORT SB 30 out of committee with individual recommendations and the accompanying fiscal notes. CS SB 30 (FIN) was REPORTED out of committee with a "do pass" recommendation and with two new zero fiscal notes from the Department of Administration; one new zero fiscal note from the Department of Corrections; one new zero fiscal note from the Department of Law; one new zero fiscal note from the Department of Public Safety; one new zero fiscal note from the Alaska Judiciary System; and one new fiscal impact note from the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development. 12:37:47 PM AT EASE 12:38:54 PM RECONVENED Co-Chair MacKinnon discussed the following day's agenda.