Legislature(2001 - 2002)
2001-01-10 House JournalFull Journal pdf
2001-01-10 House Journal Page 0052 HB 51 HOUSE BILL NO. 51 by the House Rules Committee by request of the Governor, entitled: "An Act giving notice of and approving the entry into, and the issuance of certificates of participation for, a lease-purchase agreement for a seafood and food safety laboratory facility; and providing for an effective date." was read the first time and referred to the Finance Committee. The following fiscal note(s) apply: 1. Fiscal, Dept. of Administration 2. Fiscal, Dept. of Environmental Conservation 3. Fiscal, Dept. of Revenue The Governor's transmittal letter dated January 10, 2001, appears below: "Dear Speaker Porter: The state's food safety laboratory plays a vital role in protecting the health of Alaskans. It tests finfish, shellfish and dairy products to be certain they're safe for human consumption, certifies private drinking water laboratories, and works with commercial processors in developing food products. 2001-01-10 House Journal Page 0053 The laboratory facility is now outdated and woefully inadequate. In addition, the current lease will soon expire, requiring the facility to be relocated. The Legislature has recognized the need for replacement through previous planning and design appropriations. This bill I transmit today is the next and final step in providing Alaskans with a worthwhile facility by setting up a bonding structure for its construction. The proposed method is the issuance of certificates of participation for a lease-purchase agreement. The anticipated total construction, acquisition, and other costs of the project under the lease-purchase agreement are not to exceed $13,655,000 and the total anticipated annual amount of the rental obligation is $1,220,000. The total anticipated lease payments for the full term of the lease-purchase agreement amount to $24,440,000. The state would own the facility at the end of the lease term under the operation of the Department of Environmental Conservation. In the interest of the public health for Alaskans and consumers of our food, fish and dairy products as well as the economic health of these industries, I urge your prompt and favorable action on this measure. Sincerely, /s/ Tony Knowles Governor"