Legislature(2015 - 2016)BUTROVICH 205

03/24/2016 09:00 AM STATE AFFAIRS

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* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
Moved CSSB 154(STA) Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
Moved CSSCR 16(STA) Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
Moved HB 175 Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled: TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
        SCR 16-SPECIAL SESSION TO BE HELD ON ROAD SYSTEM                                                                    
9:46:05 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STOLTZE announced the consideration of SCR 16.                                                                            
9:46:17 AM                                                                                                                    
At ease.                                                                                                                        
9:47:52 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STOLTZE called the meeting back to order.                                                                                 
9:48:09 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR HUGGINS  moved to adopt the  CS for SCR 16,  version [29-                                                               
LS0906\W], as the working document.                                                                                             
CHAIR STOLTZE objected for discussion purposes.                                                                                 
9:48:19 AM                                                                                                                    
DANIEL GEORGE, Staff, Senator  Stoltze, Alaska State Legislature,                                                               
Juneau,  Alaska,   explained  that   the  CS  would   update  the                                                               
resolution to  reflect any special  session that might  be called                                                               
after adjournment of the second  session of the 29th Legislature.                                                               
He summarized  that SCR  16 would simply  advise where  a special                                                               
session would be held.                                                                                                          
9:49:04 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STOLTZE  removed his objection  and announced  that hearing                                                               
no objection, the CS was adopted.                                                                                               
CHAIR STOLTZE  set forth that SCR  15 was very specific  to date,                                                               
time,  and circumstances.  He  affirmed  that SCR  15  was not  a                                                               
legislative move.  He affirmed  that he has  been an  advocate in                                                               
moving  the  capitol,  but reiterated  that  the  resolution  was                                                               
specific   to   the   circumstances  regarding   the   building's                                                               
remodeling for safety and seismic  improvements. He stated the he                                                               
did  not want  the Legislature  to interfere  with the  capitol's                                                               
construction company in completing the  project on time. He noted                                                               
that the capitol's  remodel had a performance bond  to finish the                                                               
project in  excess of $5  million. He summarized that  spring and                                                               
summer housing  becomes an  issue in Juneau  due to  tourism, the                                                               
special session would  be in a location that was  closer to where                                                               
most  Alaskans  live, and  meeting  in  Anchorage would  be  less                                                               
expensive for a very special circumstance.                                                                                      
9:55:09 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR HUGGINS remarked that he  seconded Chair Stoltze's words.                                                               
He explained that the governor  intends to call a special session                                                               
to  address  his proposal  to  take  the people's  money  through                                                               
taxation. He stated  that he would rather hear  directly from his                                                               
neighbors  and noted  that his  constituents have  overwhelmingly                                                               
told him  that they opposed  an income  tax. He asserted  that he                                                               
adamantly  opposed an  income  tax based  upon  feedback and  his                                                               
natural instincts. He summarized that  the business of how much a                                                               
special  session  costs in  Juneau  versus  Anchorage was  almost                                                               
irrelevant if the  numbers were close because  the subject matter                                                               
pertained to taking people's money.                                                                                             
SENATOR COGHILL stated that he  supported the resolution. He said                                                               
special sessions were unique because  topics are narrowed down to                                                               
a few  issues. He remarked  that one of the  general population's                                                               
hidden  taxes was  the lack  of  accessibility to  Juneau due  to                                                               
expense.  He  said the  general  population  really depends  upon                                                               
sending their  representatives, lobbyists, and groups  to Juneau.                                                               
He asserted  that allowing  people to  use the  Southcentral road                                                               
system to  let their voices  be heard during the  special session                                                               
was important. He added that  retrofitting the capitol was also a                                                               
pressure point for holding the special session in Juneau.                                                                       
9:59:25 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STOLTZE  noted that  in 2015, the  senator from  Juneau was                                                               
complaining about commissioners not  being in Anchorage and noted                                                               
that  he  said,  "Teleconferences  are  fine,  but  there  is  no                                                               
substitute for  face-to-face." He  said he  was sure  the senator                                                               
regrets  his statement,  but  he remarked  that  you cannot  have                                                               
arguments both ways.                                                                                                            
CHAIR STOLTZE stated  that SCR 16 was not  a complicated measure,                                                               
but  noted   that  the  perception   of  a  capitol   move  would                                                               
unnecessarily divide  people philosophically  and geographically.                                                               
He explained  that the  resolution was  carefully crafted  with a                                                               
lot   of   consideration    to   specifically   address   special                                                               
He  admitted that  99.9  percent of  his  constituents would  not                                                               
attend  legislative proceedings  because they  are busy.  He said                                                               
constituents expect legislators to  exercise their good judgement                                                               
and reach out to them when there were important things.                                                                         
He  stated that  his  motives would  be  reassigned and  assessed                                                               
because of  his record.  He asserted  that SCR  16 was  a vehicle                                                               
specific to circumstances for the  two legislative bodies to come                                                               
together  and deliberate  what was  in the  best interest  of the                                                               
treasury and the people of Alaska.                                                                                              
10:03:19 AM                                                                                                                   
SENATOR  HUGGINS moved  to report  the CS  for SCR  16(STA), [29-                                                               
LS0906\W],  from committee  [with individual  recommendations and                                                               
attached fiscal note].                                                                                                          
10:03:31 AM                                                                                                                   
CHAIR STOLTZE  announced that seeing no  objection, CSSJR 16(STA)                                                               
moves from committee.