Legislature(2009 - 2010)
04/14/2010 05:02 PM L&C
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SCR 16-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PLANNING COMMISSION 5:11:25 PM CHAIR PASKVAN announced SCR 16 to be up for consideration. He moved to adopt CSSCR 16 (L&C), version S. There were no objections and it was so ordered. 5:12:08 PM JEFF STEPP, staff to Senator Paskvan, explained that they had worked closely with the companion sponsors in the House and agreed to keep the Senate version of the bill identical to the other. Some of the changes made in this committee are: · Page 1, line 16, changed "Alaska Legislative Council" to "Legislature". So, the Alaska Legislature shall provide adequate staffing to the commission. This was done so that the Alaska Legislature could provide the administrative support to this committee and that would effectively zero out the fiscal note. Since that fiscal note was zeroed out by the House Finance Committee Chairs, they couldn't get a zero fiscal from the department. So, the CS still has the $130,000 fiscal note, but when this bill goes to Finance those committee chairmen will zero it out as well. · Page 2, various lines, changes so that legislative members are appointed by the presiding officers rather than the Finance co-chairs. It also added another public appointment to the Finance co-chairs from each body to be consistent with protocol for appointments made by presiding officers not Finance co-chairs. · Page 2, lines 6-8 and 10-12, gave one public appointment each to the Senate and House minority leaders out of respect to those individuals serving in the legislature. They moved one public appointment each from the Senate President and the House Speaker. · Page 2, lines 23-34, added the president of Alaska Partnership for Economic Development or their designee as a commission member, recognizing the status and contribution this person could make to the committee, bringing the total membership from 10 to 11. · Page 2, sections 2,4 and 6 remove the requirement that appointees can't be "officers of the state or employed by officers of the state" in order to leave open the opportunity for appointments by qualified individuals who are employed by the state. While they are trying to encourage participation from the private sector, they don't want to automatically exclude somebody who might be qualified. · Page 3, lines 9-11, direct the commission, as recommended by this committee, to report to the Legislative Council, the Senate and the House Labor and Commerce Committee in addition to LB&A. · Page 3, line 12, changed the first reporting deadline from June 30, 2011 to January 30, 2011 to correct an oversight and to make sure the legislature had a report prior to the beginning of next legislative session rather than at the end. · Page 3, lines 20-21, inserted a second reporting deadline of December 15, 2011. · Page 3, line 24, changed commencement of the commission work from March 15, a date in the past, to April 30, a date in the future. · Page 3, line 25, changed the sunset from June 30, 2011 to June 30, 2012 giving this commission another year to do their important work. 5:17:11 PM ERIN HARRINGTON, staff to Representative Alan Austerman, sponsor of SCR 16, said she was available to answer questions. 5:17:38 PM CHAIR PASKVAN, finding no further discussion, closed public testimony. SENATOR MEYER moved to report CSSCR 16(L&C) from committee with individual recommendations and attached fiscal note(s). There were no objections and it was so ordered. 5:18:43 PM CHAIR PASKVAN found no further business to come before the committee and adjourned the meeting at 5:18 p.m.