Legislature(1993 - 1994)

05/10/1994 10:05 AM FIN

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  SB 365    An  Act  relating  to  the  improvement  of  state                 
            finances and fiscal  accountability by  increasing                 
            fees,   by   collecting  additional   revenue,  by                 
            reducing certain program expenditures  by changing                 
            services or eligibility requirements for programs,                 
            by changing certain statutory  limitation periods,                 
            by  providing   for  use  of   certain  electronic                 
            records,  by   making  changes  to   state  agency                 
            functions   or   procedures    including   certain                 
            reporting   and   planning   procedures,  and   by                 
            authorizing extensions  for state leases  for real                 
            property if  certain savings can be  achieved; and                 
                                                                               
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            providing for an effective date.                                   
                                                                               
            HCS SB  365 (FIN)  was reported  out of  Committee                 
            with "no recommendations" and with fiscal notes by                 
            the Department of Public Safety dated 3/24/94, the                 
            Office   of  the   Governor  dated   4/21/94,  the                 
            Department of Transportation and Public Facilities                 
            dated  4/21/94,  the  Department of  Environmental                 
            Conservation  dated  4/21/94,  the  Department  of                 
            Labor dated 4/21/94, the Department of Corrections                 
            dated  4/21/94,  the Department  of Administration                 
            dated  4/21/94 and  the  Department  of Law  dated                 
            4/21/94.                                                           
  SENATE BILL 365                                                              
                                                                               
       "An Act relating  to the improvement of  state finances                 
       and  fiscal  accountability  by  increasing  fees,   by                 
       collecting  additional  revenue,  by  reducing  certain                 
       program   expenditures   by   changing    services   or                 
       eligibility  requirements  for  programs,  by  changing                 
       certain statutory limitation  periods, by providing for                 
       use of certain electronic records, by making changes to                 
       state agency functions or procedures including  certain                 
       reporting and  planning procedures, and  by authorizing                 
       extensions  for  state  leases  for  real  property  if                 
       certain savings can  be achieved; and providing  for an                 
       effective date."                                                        
                                                                               
  JUANITA  HENSLEY,  CHIEF,  DRIVER  SERVICES,  DEPARTMENT  OF                 
  PUBLIC SAFETY, explained Sections 7-22, Department of Public                 
  Safety amendments, from a handout provided by the Office  of                 
  Management and Budget.                                                       
                                                                               
  NANCY SLAGLE, DIRECTOR, DIVISION OF BUDGET REVIEW, OFFICE OF                 
  MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET,  OFFICE OF  THE GOVERNOR, provided  a                 
  sectional analysis of the handout "Reducing State Government                 
  Expenditures-Sectional".  [Copy on file].                                    
                                                                               
  Representative Martin questioned the deletion to maintenance                 
  for the  Department of Transportation and  Public Facilities                 
  (DOTPF) in Section #1.                                                       
                                                                               
  M. CLYDE STOLZFUS, SPECIAL ASSISTANT, COMMISSIONER'S OFFICE,                 
  DEPARTMENT   OF   TRANSPORTATION   AND  PUBLIC   FACILITIES,                 
  commented  that  Section  #1  would  be  a  deletion  for  a                 
  transportation plan.                                                         
                                                                               
  Representative Brown  provided the Committee  with Amendment                 
  [Copy on file].  She felt that to include these  items would                 
  create a less  comprehensive planning process and  that less                 
  detail would be provided by the Department of Transportation                 
  and  Public  Facilities.    Mr.  Stolzfus  agreed  that  the                 
  maintenance level  has been  less than  adequate within  the                 
  Department.  However,  a problem arises when a certain level                 
  of maintenance is promised in a plan and then the Department                 
  can not provide the service due to a lack of funds.                          
                                                                               
  Representative Brown  asked  if  a  prioritized  maintenance                 
  program had been established.   Mr. Stolzfus replied one had                 
  not been because it would result  in a liability problem for                 
                                                                               
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  the Department.   He continued, by  stating that Section  #2                 
  had been added by the Senate  Finance Committee.  Section #1                 
  addresses the  six year  program, Section  #2 addresses  the                 
  construction report  of projects for  the next  construction                 
  season.                                                                      
                                                                               
  Discussion  followed  between Representative  Brown  and Mr.                 
  Stolzfus regarding  Sections #1 &  #2 and the  reductions to                 
  the level of detail which the legislation would provide.                     
                                                                               
  Representative Brown  asked the difference  between the  six                 
  year plans  proposed in  Section #1  and Section  #26.   Mr.                 
  Stolzfus advised  that Section #26 was the  report which the                 
  Governor submits to the Legislature.                                         
                                                                               
  Representative  Brown  understood  that  Section  #27  would                 
  exempt DOTPF from providing  the full reporting requirements                 
  due to the Legislature on the construction of projects.  Mr.                 
  Stolzfus agreed.   He added that Section #27 would eliminate                 
  in the six year plan, the estimated cost of that project.                    
                                                                               
  Representative Brown MOVED TO AMEND Amendment #1 which would                 
  now delete only  Sections #1, #2, #27 & #28.  There being NO                 
  OBJECTIONS, it was adopted.                                                  
                                                                               
  Representative Navarre MOVED to report HCS SB 364  (FIN) out                 
  of  Committee with  individual recommendations and  with the                 
  accompanying fiscal notes.   There  being NO OBJECTIONS,  it                 
  was so ordered.                                                              
                                                                               
  HCS SB  365 (FIN)  was reported  out of  Committee with  "no                 
  recommendations" and with fiscal notes  by the Department of                 
  Public  Safety  dated 3/24/94,  the  Office of  the Governor                 
  dated 4/21/94, the  Department of Transportation  and Public                 
  Facilities dated  4/21/94, the  Department of  Environmental                 
  Conservation dated  4/21/94, the  Department of Labor  dated                 
  4/21/94,  the Department of  Corrections dated  4/21/94, the                 
  Department   of  Administration   dated   4/21/94  and   the                 
  Department of Law dated 4/21/94.                                             

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