Legislature(1993 - 1994)

04/03/1993 10:00 AM FIN

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  HB 168    An Act relating to multiple-beneficiary charitable                 
            gaming permits  and  door  prizes  for  charitable                 
            gaming; and providing for an effective date.                       
                                                                               
            HB  168 was  placed  in  Subcommittee  with  Chair                 
            Representative    Parnell    and    with   members                 
            Representative  Hanley  and  Representative Brown.                 
            The bill was held for further discussion.                          
  HOUSE BILL 168                                                               
                                                                               
       "An  Act  relating  to multiple-beneficiary  charitable                 
       gaming permits  and door prizes for  charitable gaming;                 
       and providing for an effective date."                                   
                                                                               
  JOHN  LOPEZ,  (TESTIFIED  VIA   TELECONFERENCE),  ANCHORAGE,                 
  ALASKA, spoke  in opposition  to the  legislation given  the                 
  impact of the legislation.  He stated that real estate would                 
  be vacated and  noted the lost  taxes which the State  would                 
  experience.                                                                  
                                                                               
  ROSE  PALMQUIST,  (TESTIFIED  VIA   TELECONFERENCE),  MATSU,                 
  ALASKA, spoke in  support of the  legislation and felt  that                 
  the State would be able to better audit gaming.                              
                                                                               
  GREG WAKEFIELD, (TESTIFIED  VIA TELECONFERENCE),  ANCHORAGE,                 
  ALASKA, spoke  in opposition  to the  legislation.   He felt                 
  that  there would  serious  ramifications for  charities and                 
  gaming organizations  with the  passage of  the legislation.                 
  He asked for further consideration of the bill.                              
                                                                               
  IDA MCMAHON, (TESTIFIED VIA  TELECONFERENCE), MATSU, ALASKA,                 
  spoke in opposition to the legislation.                                      
                                                                               
  GINA KAISER, (TESTIFIED VIA TELECONFERENCE), ASSOCIATION FOR                 
  RETARDED CITIZENS - ANCHORAGE (ARCA), ALASKA, asked for more                 
  time to consider the legislation and work draft.                             
                                                                               
  PAUL FUHS, COMMISSIONER, DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AND ECONOMIC                 
  DEVELOPMENT  (DCED), provided  the Committee  with handouts.                 
  [Attachments #1 and  #2].   He asked that  the Committee  to                 
                                                                               
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  consider amendments  made to  the House Judiciary  Committee                 
  version  pointing  out  that original  law  was  intended to                 
  benefit  charities.  At  this time,  there is  an increasing                 
  diversion of funds from charities  to political purposes and                 
  lobbyists.  DCED would  like to see more  of the funds  from                 
  charitable gaming going to charities.   The Senate committee                 
  substitute would place  10% into  a bingo fund  and 30%  for                 
  pull  tab   contributions  which  would  establish  the  40%                 
  regulatory figures, doubling  the amount  of money going  to                 
  charities.   Commissioner  Fuhs requested  the Committee  to                 
  adopt the Senate committee substitute.                                       
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE RAMONA BARNES  interjected that the  Governor                 
  did not support the Senate committee substitute.                             
                                                                               
  Representative Brown asked  the Administration's  philosophy                 
  regarding charitable  gaming political  contributions.   She                 
  thought  that  political   candidates  depending  on  direct                 
  corporate contributions from other organized interest groups                 
  would  provide   more  opportunity  for   illegal  pressure.                 
  Commissioner Fuhs stated that the  Department believes it is                 
  wrong to  combine gambling  and government  and pointed  out                 
  that the  money for charitable gaming is being diverted from                 
  charitable  purposes   and  used  for   political  interests                 
  creating a conflict  of interest.  He noted  that of the net                 
  proceeds,  ten  percent  of  funds  are currently  going  to                 
  campaign contributions.                                                      
                                                                               
  SENATOR DAVE DONLEY spoke to  the Senate Judiciary committee                 
  substitute.    He  advised that  the  full  Senate Judiciary                 
  Committee   was  not   given  the   version  referenced   by                 
  Commissioner  Fuhs.   That  version contains  new  expansion                 
  proposals from the  original bill.  He  recommended that the                 
  House Finance Committee be cautious in adopting the proposed                 
  legislation.                                                                 
                                                                               
  (Tape Change, HFC 93-91, Side 2).                                            
                                                                               
  PENNY  GRIFFIN,  (TESTIFIED   VIA  TELECONFERENCE),   MATSU,                 
  ALASKA, asked for more time for consideration of the bill.                   
                                                                               
  Co-Chair Larson  placed HB  168 in  Subcommittee with  Chair                 
  Representative Parnell and members Representative Hanley and                 
  Representative Brown.   The bill  was HELD in  Committee for                 
  further discussion.                                                          

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