Legislature(1997 - 1998)
03/05/1998 01:40 PM FIN
* first hearing in first committee of referral
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
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HOUSE BILL 461 "An Act making supplemental and special appropriations; and providing for an effective date." DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS Co-Chair Hanley distributed Amendment #3. [Copy on file]. He stated that Judge Hunt has ordered the Department of Corrections to reduce current jail capacity by 500 people bringing it down to emergency status. The plan as proposed by the Department is to use more Community Residential Center (CRC) beds. Amendment #3 would add enough money into the Department's budget to meet Judge Hunt's request for this fiscal year. ANNALEE MCCONNELL, DIRECTOR, OFFICE OF MANAGMENT AND BUDGET, OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR, distributed a handout titled "FY98 Costs To Be In Compliance With Cleary Order as of May 1, 1998 (Through June 30, 1998)". [Copy on file]. Representative Mulder criticized that this information had not been available for a Corrections Subcommittee meeting this morning. He requested a detailed breakout of the $40 thousand general fund dollars to be used for CRC beds. MARGO KNUTH, ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL, DEPARTMENT OF LAW, advised that once there are over 500 prisoners placed in Arizona, the State is required to provide a probation officer on the premise to deal with grievance procedures. She added that the "gratuity" amount was a "term of art" which means in-mate wages. In-mates are put to work and they are paid a small stipend. Ms. Knuth continued, the projected $55 dollars per day prisoner cost is actually $2 dollars a day less than the current rate. Exceeding a specified number allows that the state be eligible to qualify for a discount. Ms. Knuth and Representative Mulder discussed the handout and costs associated with it. Representative Mulder asked where the new CRC beds would be located. Ms. Knuth stated there would be 32 beds in Anchorage, 20 in Fairbanks, 20 in Nome and 10 in Bethel. The 10 beds in Bethel are already in process. The cost breakout is for 72 beds which excludes Bethel. Co-Chair Therriault asked about the one-time set-up costs and if there were any used supplies which might be available. Ms. Knuth stated that the tents had been sold a couple of years ago. She was not aware of any organization from which the State could borrow equipment now needed by the Department of Corrections. Ms. Knuth clarified that the $40 thousand general fund dollars and the $25.7 thousand federal fund dollars for CRC beds would be the Department's supplemental request in addition to funds on hand. Representative J. Davies asked if the State would be eligible to receive a discounted rate in Arizona for all prisoners or just the amount over 500. Ms. Knuth explained that the price break would be only for the additional prisoners over the first 500. Representative Mulder MOVED to adopt Amendment #3. There being NO OBJECTION, it was adopted. DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND GAME Representative Grussendorf MOVED to adopt Amendment #4. [Copy on file]. The amendment addresses the request by the Department of Fish and Game for costs associated with the Sitka herring roe on kelp fishery for fiscal year ending 6/30/98. Co-Chair Hanley pointed out that the costs would be paid by the people having the testing done. There being NO OBJECTION to Amendment #4, it was adopted. Co-Chair Hanley MOVED that Section (J) from work draft 0- LS1638\B, Cramer, 3/05/98, remain in Amendment #3. There being NO OBJECTION, it was adopted. Co-Chair Therriault MOVED to report CS HB 461 (FIN) out of Committee with individual recommendations. There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered. CS HB 461 (FIN) was reported out of Committee with a "do pass" recommendation.