Legislature(2001 - 2002)

04/24/2001 02:24 PM FIN

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 HOUSE BILL NO. 250                                                                                                           
      An Act relating to  missions and measures to be  applied                                                                  
      to  certain expenditures  by  the  executive  branch  of                                                                  
      state government and the  University of Alaska from  the                                                                  
      state operating budget  for the fiscal year ending  June                                                                  
      30, 2002; and providing for an effective date.                                                                            
 DENNY DEWITT,  STAFF, REPRESENTATIVE  ELDON MULDER,  provided                                                                  
 information on HB 250.   He observed that the legislation  is                                                                  
 the result of work  by the House  Finance subcommittees.   He                                                                  
 referred to Page 40, Line 13.  He noted that provisions  were                                                                  
 added to Page  2, Lines  15 and  16.  He  explained that  the                                                                  
 language had been added to determine how consumer complaints                                                                   
 are tracked and addressed.                                                                                                     
 Mr. DeWitt  commented  that a  few technical  amendments  are                                                                  
 needed.  He explained that the budget was not organized  in a                                                                  
 manner that  allows comparison  with the  budget bill,  which                                                                  
 has been changed in HB 250  to allow for the comparisons  and                                                                  
 formatting of the  budget bill as passed  by the House.   The                                                                  
 change is  referred  to  on Page  37,  Line 10.    There  are                                                                  
 references  in a  number  of  sections  that  would  identify                                                                  
 performance measures within the Department of Law.   He added                                                                  
 that an  additional technical  amendment would  be needed  on                                                                  
 Page 39,  Section  105,  Line  17 and  18,  noting  that  the                                                                  
 National Guard  Youth  Corps  had  changed its  name  to  the                                                                  
 Alaska Military  Youth Academy which  was not  caught in  the                                                                  
 prepared draft.                                                                                                                
 Mr. DeWitt  advised that there  had been  other requests  for                                                                  
 changes and explained that not all were included.                                                                              
 Representative Davies voiced  his concern with the change  to                                                                  
 all of the commissioner's  offices.  Mr. DeWitt acknowledged                                                                   
 that had been included.                                                                                                        
 Co-Chair Mulder  MOVED  to ADOPT  the  technical amendments.                                                                   
 There being NO OBJECTION, they were adopted.                                                                                   
 Representative Lancaster MOVED to ADOPT Amendment #2.   [Copy                                                                  
 on File].  He pointed out that it was a technical amendment.                                                                   
 There being NO OBJECTION, it was adopted.                                                                                      
 Representative   Davies   discussed    Amendment   #3,    the                                                                  
 commissioner's offices on Page 2, Lines 15 and 16.   [Copy on                                                                  
 File].  He noted his concern that subcommittees did  not have                                                                  
 the opportunity to discuss those provisions.  Representative                                                                   
 J. Davies stated  that there  are agencies that  do not  make                                                                  
 Co-Chair  Mulder  argued  in  support  of  the  change.    He                                                                  
 observed that some  agencies would have  more complaints  due                                                                  
 to the issues involved.                                                                                                        
 Representative Davies  pointed out that  most complaints  are                                                                  
 dealt with  at the  division  level within  the departments;                                                                   
 however,  others  come  to  the  commissioner's  level.    He                                                                  
 emphasized that  the intent of  missions and  measures was  a                                                                  
 "meeting of the minds" which the amendment could represent.                                                                    
 Representative Croft  noted that  appeals  would be  separate                                                                  
 from the Department  of Revenue.   Mr. Dewitt explained  that                                                                  
 the Department of Revenue had indicated that the process  was                                                                  
 fairly easy to keep track  and helpful as a management  tool.                                                                  
 He advised  that it  is the Legislature's  responsibility  to                                                                  
 track the commissioner's level.                                                                                                
 Co-Chair  Mulder  stated   his  support  for  retaining   the                                                                  
 provision for one  year.  He noted  that modifications  could                                                                  
 be made.   Representative  Davies reiterated  that there  has                                                                  
 not been an  opportunity to have  discussions and asked  that                                                                  
 communication be initiated with the commissioner offices.                                                                      
 Co-Chair Mulder stressed that  the provision is new and  that                                                                  
 it is the intent of the  Committee to work with the agencies                                                                   
 for the refinement of the provisions.  He reiterated  that it                                                                  
 would be an effective tool.                                                                                                    
 Representative Davies WITHDREW Amendment #3.                                                                                   
 Mr. Dewitt  reviewed  Amendment #4,  a  technical amendment.                                                                   
 [Copy on  File].    He explained  that  the  amendment  would                                                                  
 affect the Department  of Military and  Veterans Affairs  and                                                                  
 that the subcommittee chair had agreed them to.                                                                                
 Co-Chair Mulder MOVED to  ADOPT Amendment #4. There being  NO                                                                  
 OBJECTION, it was adopted.                                                                                                     
 Representative Croft MOVED to  ADOPT Amendment #5.  [Copy  on                                                                  
 File].  Co-Chair Mulder OBJECTED.                                                                                              
 Representative Croft spoke in  support of the amendment.   He                                                                  
 noted that it would add a new section indicating that:                                                                         
      "The mission  of  the  Alaska State  Legislature  is  to                                                                  
      create  a  balanced   state  budget,  encourage   public                                                                  
      participation in  government  and work  to preserve  and                                                                  
      further   the   general   health,   economic  vitality,                                                                   
      educational  needs and  growth  for the  people  of  the                                                                  
      state of Alaska".                                                                                                         
 Co-Chair Mulder  stated that he  supports the  intent of  the                                                                  
 amendment, however, suggested  that it would be difficult  to                                                                  
 hold the legislature accountable  for items that they do  not                                                                  
 have direct control over.                                                                                                      
 Representative  Davies argued  that  the  Legislature  should                                                                  
 manage and control revenues through other measures.                                                                            
 Representative Croft  noted  that it  is difficult  to  craft                                                                  
 missions and measures which are significant and broad  enough                                                                  
 to be  important.   He commented  on the  need  to have  open                                                                  
 discussion on the amendment and the "art of the process".                                                                      
 TAPE HFC 01 - 94, SIDE B                                                                                                     
 A roll call vote was taken on the motion.                                                                                      
 IN FAVOR:      Bunde, Croft, Davies                                                                                            
 OPPOSED:       Harris, Hudson, Lancaster, Foster, Mulder                                                                       
 Representatives Moses, Whitaker, and Williams were absent.                                                                     
 The MOTION FAILED (3-5).                                                                                                       
 Representative Davies  MOVED to  ADOPT Amendment  #6 on  Page                                                                  
 31, Line 15, deleting that  language.  He noted that  measure                                                                  
 had not  been  discussed  in  subcommittee.   Representative                                                                   
 Harris agreed  that the  language could  be deleted.    There                                                                  
 being NO OBJECTION, Amendment #6 was adopted.                                                                                  
 Representative J.  Davies requested  that  Mr. DeWitt  repeat                                                                  
 his  previous  statement  regarding  Department  of   Natural                                                                  
 Resources.     Mr.  Dewitt   explained  that   there  was   a                                                                  
 substantive change  to the measure  of inventory.   He  added                                                                  
 that there  were  additional minor  areas  of concern.    The                                                                  
 percentage change language was removed.                                                                                        
 Representative Hudson  MOVED to  ADOPT a  language change  on                                                                  
 Page  42,   Line  28,   deleting  "claims",   and   inserting                                                                  
 "location".  There being NO OBJECTION, it was adopted.                                                                         
 Co-Chair Mulder pointed out  that the bill has a zero  fiscal                                                                  
 Vice-Chair  Bunde MOVED  to  report  CSHB 250  (FIN)  out  of                                                                  
 Committee  with  individual  recommendations  and  with   the                                                                  
 accompanying zero fiscal note.  There being NO OBJECTION,  it                                                                  
 was so ordered.                                                                                                                
 CS HB 250  (FIN) was  reported out  of Committee  with a  "do                                                                  
 pass" recommendation  and  with a  zero  fiscal note  by  the                                                                  
 House Finance Committee.                                                                                                       

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