Legislature(2005 - 2006)

03/30/2005 03:16 PM FIN


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03:28:04 PM HB67
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HOUSE BILL NO. 66                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     "An  Act making  appropriations  for  the operating  and                                                                   
     capital    expenses    of   the    state's    integrated                                                                   
     comprehensive mental  health program; and  providing for                                                                   
     an effective date."                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 67                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     "An  Act making  appropriations  for  the operating  and                                                                   
     loan program  expenses of state government,  for certain                                                                   
     programs,    and    to    capitalize    funds;    making                                                                   
     appropriations  under art. IX, sec.  17(c), Constitution                                                                   
     of the State  of Alaska, from the  constitutional budget                                                                   
    reserve fund; and providing for an effective date."                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Representative   Holms  MOVED   to  ADOPT  Amendment   DOA-4,                                                                   
Technology Services.  This would  allow a fund  source switch                                                                   
of  $500, from  general  funds  to the  Information  Services                                                                   
Fund.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Holms MOVED to  ADOPT Amendment  DOA-5, which                                                                   
would  eliminate   an  increment  of  $45  thousand   for  an                                                                   
additional  Administrative  Clerk  II in  the  Alaska  Public                                                                   
Offices Commission.  Representative Croft OBJECTED.  He noted                                                                   
that the increment was approved at the subcommittee level.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Holms explained that  the intent is  to limit                                                                   
addition of personnel. The funding level would remain flat.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
ERIC SWANSON, DIRECTOR, DIVISION  OF ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES,                                                                   
DEPARTMENT  OF ADMINISTRATION  explained  that the  amendment                                                                   
would fund the Commission at the  Governor's requested level.                                                                   
He felt that  the funding level would be sufficient  to carry                                                                   
out their mission.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Croft MOVED to  ADOPT Amendment  DOA-6, which                                                                   
would  allocate $200  to  the Department  of  Administration,                                                                   
Centralized Administration  Services, Finance. He  noted that                                                                   
the  amendment reflects  the  Governor's  initial request  of                                                                   
$1.8 million.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Representative Meyer OBJECTED  for the purpose of discussion.                                                                   
Representative  Croft  observed   that  the  amendment  would                                                                   
return the component to the Governor's original request.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Holms did  not  object to  the amendment.  He                                                                   
explained  that the  intent  of the  reduction  was to  shift                                                                   
funds to other areas.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE, COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Representative Croft MOVED to ADOPT Amendment COM-4.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
    Department:    Commerce, Community, & Economic Dev.                                                                         
     Appropriation: Executive Administration                                                                                    
     Allocation:    Commissioners Office                                                                                        
     Fund Source:   1004 General Fund                                                                                           
     Amount:        $49,000                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     Explanation:                                                                                                             
     This decrement deletes $49,000 of unrequested travel                                                                       
     funds.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Representative Chenault OBJECTED.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Croft noted that  the amendment  would delete                                                                   
additional travel funds.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SUE STANCLIFF,  STAFF, REPRESENTATIVE  KELLY, explained  that                                                                   
the Subcommittee shifted funds.  The Commissioner moved funds                                                                   
between  RBU's,  only  $31 thousand  was  reflected  [in  the                                                                   
travel component].  The Subcommittee  decided to  reflect the                                                                   
actual cost  of travel and reduced  the travel budget  by $30                                                                   
thousand.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
3:28:04 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Representative Joule MOVED to ADOPT Amendment COM-5.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     Add:                                                                                                                       
    Department:    Commerce, Community and Economic Dev.                                                                        
     Appropriation: State Revenue Sharing & Safe Communities                                                                    
     Allocation:    State Revenue Sharing                                                                                       
     Fund source:   1004 General Funds                                                                                          
     Amount:        $15,000,000                                                                                                 
     Allocation:    Safe Communities                                                                                            
     Fund source:   1004 General Funds                                                                                          
     Amount:        $35,000,000                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     Total amt. of amendment:   $50,000,000                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     Description:    Local governments have  been hampered in                                                                   
     providing local services  since the elimination of State                                                                   
     Revenue  sharing and safe  communities funding  in FY04.                                                                   
     Many communities  are having  problems meeting  the most                                                                   
     basic  of obligations  such  as insurance  coverage  for                                                                   
     community  owned facilities.   Many  basic services  are                                                                   
     also  in   jeopardy.    Small  communities   are  having                                                                   
     difficulties  maintaining the  road between the  airport                                                                   
     and  the village  which not only  hampers deliveries  of                                                                   
     supplies, but  puts residents at  risk in case  there is                                                                   
     need  to  do  an emergency  evacuation  due  to  medical                                                                   
     reasons.   Local government  operations are  jeopardized                                                                   
     in communities  without sufficient funding  to provide a                                                                   
     salary for  the skeletal administrative  staff necessary                                                                   
     to address  the delivery  of local government  services.                                                                   
     Government  is most meaningful  when decision-making  is                                                                   
     closest  to the  people affected.   The  state does  not                                                                   
     have  the  resources  to   provide  direct  services  to                                                                   
     residents everywhere.   It is important  to assist local                                                                   
     residents  with  the financial  resources  necessary  to                                                                   
     provide services for themselves.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Representative   Chenault  OBJECTED   for   the  purpose   of                                                                   
discussion.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Joule  stressed  that the  state's  resources                                                                   
were once shared with communities.  He noted the high cost of                                                                   
insurance, and  taxes. Municipal Assistance,  revenue sharing                                                                   
and the  Safe Community  Program, which assisted  communities                                                                   
with these  issues, have been  reduced. He expressed  concern                                                                   
that  municipalities   would  begin  to  shut   down  without                                                                   
assistance.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
3:31:43 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Hawker noted that  he supports state  support                                                                   
to  communities,  but  expressed concern  with  the  straight                                                                   
general fund support.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Representative Hawker MOVED to  AMEND Amendment COM-5: Change                                                                   
the funding source  to 1041, Permanent Fund  Earnings Reserve                                                                   
Account, for  Safe Communities and  reduce the amount  of the                                                                   
amendment to $35 million.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Representative Stoltze OBJECTED.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Hawker spoke in  support of the  amendment to                                                                   
the  amendment. He  stressed that  the  amendment would  help                                                                   
communities  with  the  PERS   issue.  The  Safe  Communities                                                                   
Program contains restrictions  regarding the use of funds and                                                                   
provides a  priority for  their use.  He maintained  that the                                                                   
amendment would stand within the  priorities. The legislature                                                                   
recognized  with  AS  29.63.50 that  communities  might  need                                                                   
help.  He  stressed  that  Subsection  (d)  of  states  that:                                                                   
section may  not be  construed to  require a municipality  to                                                                   
fund  all requests  it receives  for services  in a  category                                                                   
with a higher ranking of priority  before funding services in                                                                   
a category  with a  lower ranking  of priority. He  concluded                                                                   
that the  amendment would  support communities  of the  state                                                                   
and give them flexibility in addressing these issues.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
3:37:28 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Representative Joule MOVED to  DIVIDE the question into three                                                                   
parts:                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     1. Fund revenue sharing                                                                                                    
     2. Identify the funding source                                                                                             
     3. Identify the funding level                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Meyer OBJECTED to  dividing the question.  He                                                                   
maintained that the issue of revenue  sharing must be tied to                                                                   
the fund source.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Representative   Chenault  observed  that   a  vote   on  the                                                                   
amendment  to the  amendment  would  be a  vote  on the  fund                                                                   
source.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Croft  argued  in  support  of  dividing  the                                                                   
question.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
3:40:22 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Representative Stoltze  pointed out that if  the amendment to                                                                   
the amendment fails, the original question would remain.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Representative Joule explained  that his intent is to support                                                                   
revenue sharing, but at a higher level: $50 million.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Representative Meyer  WITHDREW his objection to  dividing the                                                                   
question. There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Joule  WITHDREW  his  Motion  to  Divide  the                                                                   
Question. There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Representative   Joule  MOVED  to   ADOPT  an  amendment   to                                                                   
Representative Hawker's amendment  to COM-5: delete "$35" and                                                                   
insert "$50" million.  He spoke in support of  the amendment.                                                                   
He  pointed  out that  the  Committee  worked on  percent  of                                                                   
market value  (POMV) legislation, which would  have supported                                                                   
a 5% pay out to communities. The  pay out would have been $70                                                                   
million.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Hawker  stated  that although  he  wished  to                                                                   
support  the amendment  to the  amendment, he  did not  think                                                                   
that  the  amount would  be  supported  [by the  majority  of                                                                   
members].                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
A  roll call  vote  was  taken on  the  motion  to amend  the                                                                   
amendment to COM 5: increase the funding level to $50.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
IN FAVOR: Joule, Moses, Croft                                                                                                   
OPPOSED:  Holm,  Kelly,  Stoltze, Weyrauch,  Foster,  Hawker,                                                                   
          Meyer, Chenault                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
The MOTION FAILED (3-8).                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
3:47:52 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Representative Croft  observed that the smallest  communities                                                                   
would  be eliminated  from the  funding.  He maintained  that                                                                   
some of  the state's  oil wealth  should be  shared with  the                                                                   
state's  communities, but  did  not support  the  use of  the                                                                   
Permanent Fund  without a vote  of the people. He  noted that                                                                   
unincorporated communities also  provide valuable services to                                                                   
their constituents.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Representative Hawker  spoke to the issue of  using permanent                                                                   
fund earnings  without a  vote of  the people. He  emphasized                                                                   
that the  Fund was  created to  give future legislatures  the                                                                   
greatest,  unrestricted, latitude  to use  the funds  as they                                                                   
deemed needed.  This was the intent  of the people  who voted                                                                   
to create the fund.  He stressed the art of  the possible, as                                                                   
opposed to everything that one  would wish done. He felt that                                                                   
the amendment would be provide the best chance of success.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Joule  stressed  that the  small  communities                                                                   
would not be covered.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Croft  objected   to  the  amendment  to  the                                                                   
amendment  because the  use of  the public's  funds would  go                                                                   
only to the incorporated communities.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
A roll call vote was taken on  Representative Hawker's Motion                                                                   
to amend Amendment COM-5: change  the funding source to 1041,                                                                   
Permanent Fund Earnings Reserve Account.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
IN FAVOR: Moses, Weyrauch, Foster, Hawker                                                                                       
OPPOSED:  Joule,  Kelly,  Stoltze,   Croft,  Holm,  Chenault,                                                                   
          Meyer                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
The MOTION FAILED (4-7).                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
3:52:52 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
A roll call vote was taken on the motion to adopt COM-5.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
FAVOR:    Weyrauch, Joule, Moses, Croft                                                                                         
OPPOSED: Holm, Kelly, Stoltze, Foster, Hawker, Meyer,                                                                           
          Chenault                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
The MOTION FAILED (3-8).                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
3:59:20 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Representative Weyhrauch MOVED to ADOPT DEED-2: Charter                                                                         
school funding.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
       (b)   The  sum of  $250,000 is  appropriated from  the                                                                   
     general fund  to the Department of  Education  and Early                                                                   
     Development  for the fiscal  year ending June  30, 2006,                                                                   
     for  payment  as grants  to  each school  district  that                                                                   
     operates  a   charter  school  with  an   average  daily                                                                   
     membership  of 150 or less  for support of those charter                                                                   
     schools  in those  districts.   The amount  appropriated                                                                   
     for grants  by this subsection is to be  allocated among                                                                   
     eligible  school districts  in the  proportion that  the                                                                   
     average daily membership  of eligible charter schools in                                                                   
     a  district bears  to  the total  average  daily of  all                                                                   
     eligible  charter schools in  all school districts  that                                                                   
     operate an eligible charter school.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Representative Croft spoke in support of the amendment.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Representative Hawker MOVED to ADOPT Amendment DEED-3.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
    AGENCY:             Education and Early Development                                                                         
     APPROPRIATION:      Alaska Library & Museums                                                                               
     ALLOCATION:         Library Operations                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     Add: 187.0 General Fund 1004                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     Explanation:                                                                                                               
     $62,000 covers  the FY06 cost of staff  reclassification                                                                   
     that  became   effective  January  2005.   The  Governor                                                                   
     requested  this amount  along  with 30.0  to cover  FY05                                                                   
     costs.  $125,000  is  for   contractual  costs  and  for                                                                   
     acquisition and materials.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     ALLOCATION:         Archives                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
          Add: 70.0 General Fund 1004                                                                                           
               1 PFT                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
          Explanation:                                                                                                          
          Electronic records management.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
          ALLOCATION:          Museum Operations                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
          Add: 50.0 General Fund 1004                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     Explanation:                                                                                                               
     Provides funds for acquisition  of historically valuable                                                                   
     artifacts.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
4:01:39 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Representative Joule MOVED to ADOPT Amendment DEED-4.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     Add:                                                                                                                       
     Department:    Education                                                                                                   
     Appropriation: Teaching and Learning Support                                                                               
     Allocation:    Student and School Achievement                                                                              
     Fund source:   1004 General Funds                                                                                          
     Amount:   $5,000,000                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     Description:   Numerous  studies  have demonstrated  the                                                                   
     value of  pre-K funding in  the performance  of students                                                                   
     academically, socially,  and economically.   These funds                                                                   
     would  be  for  pilot program  grant  funding  to  allow                                                                   
     school districts  to develop  pre-K programs  based upon                                                                   
     models utilized  in other parts  of the country.   These                                                                   
     demonstration  programs would  allow  the Department  of                                                                   
     Education to  track and document student  achievement of                                                                   
     children  receiving a quality  pre-K program  throughout                                                                   
     their  academic   career.    Other  studies   have  also                                                                   
     demonstrated    higher     earning    potential,    less                                                                   
     incarceration,   and   fewer   applicants   for   public                                                                   
     assistance among graduates of pre-K programming.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Meyer OBJECTED.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Joule spoke in  support of the  amendment. He                                                                   
noted that the  state of Alaska once funded  pre-K education.                                                                   
He stressed  that pre-K  education works.  He noted  that the                                                                   
amendment  would allow  the department  to  look at  programs                                                                   
around the state.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Representative Chenault acknowledged  that early intervention                                                                   
is important,  but stressed  that class size  is needs  to be                                                                   
addressed.  He maintained  his objection  and stated  that he                                                                   
needed additional  information regarding the success  of past                                                                   
programs.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Joule noted  that in  some communities  pre-K                                                                   
support was used for K-12 support.  He noted that a school in                                                                   
his  district,   which  does   provide  pre-K  support,   has                                                                   
demonstrated the success of early intervention.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Croft spoke in  support of the  amendment. He                                                                   
maintained that  the number  one priority [education]  should                                                                   
be funded.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
A roll call vote was taken on the motion to adopt DEED-4.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
FAVOR:    Weyrauch, Joule, Moses, Croft                                                                                         
OPPOSED:  Holm,  Kelly,   Stoltze,  Foster,   Hawker,  Meyer,                                                                   
          Chenault                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
The MOTION FAILED (3-8).                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
4:09:29 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Representative Joule MOVED to ADOPT Amendment DEED-5.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     Department:    Education                                                                                                   
     Appropriation: Teaching and Learning Support                                                                               
     Allocation:    Student and School Achievement                                                                              
     Fund source:   1004 General Funds                                                                                          
     Amount:        $5,000,000                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     Description:   This funding would provide  the necessary                                                                   
     discretionary  grant  funding   for  the  Department  of                                                                   
     Education  and Early  Development to  provide grants  to                                                                   
     school  districts  exploring alternate  delivery  models                                                                   
     for  secondary  education  coupled  with  the  necessary                                                                   
     research/tracking component  to assess the effectiveness                                                                   
     of the  delivery model.   Many districts  have expressed                                                                   
     interest  and/or  begun   efforts  to  address  delivery                                                                   
     problems  for  educational  offerings in  small  village                                                                   
     high  schools.   In  some  districts, the  programs  are                                                                   
     designed  around  a  boarding school  approach  such  as                                                                   
     Nenana  and  Galena.   Other  districts  are looking  at                                                                   
     magnet  school approaches  with  specialty offerings  to                                                                   
     emphasize   program  areas   that  are  not   adequately                                                                   
     addressed  with small high  school populations,  and are                                                                   
     needed   to  better  prepare   young  people   for  post                                                                   
     secondary education and training.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Representative Chenault OBJECTED.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Joule spoke in  support of the  amendment. He                                                                   
stressed the importance of supporting  education and observed                                                                   
that the  grant process  has been  successful. The  amendment                                                                   
would help identify what is working  at the high school level                                                                   
and reduce the drop out level.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Representative Chenault noted  that some districts might want                                                                   
to do further research as to the  best delivery mode. He felt                                                                   
that there were other models for  school districts to use. He                                                                   
felt that sufficient delivery models already exist.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
A roll call vote was taken on the motion to adopt COM-5.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
FAVOR:    Weyrauch, Foster, Joule, Moses, Croft                                                                                 
OPPOSED: Holm, Kelly, Stoltze, Hawker, Meyer, Chenault                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
The MOTION FAILED (4-7).                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
4:15:45 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Representative Croft MOVED to ADOPT Amendment DEED-6:                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     ADD:                                                                                                                       
     Department:    Education and Early Development                                                                             
     Appropriation: Teaching and Learning Support                                                                               
     Allocation:    Head Start Grants                                                                                           
     Fund Source:   1004 General Fund                                                                                           
     Amount:        $450,000                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     Description:  This  amendment  will  provide  additional                                                                   
     general  funds to  the  grants line  of  the Head  Start                                                                   
     program in order to place  50 more eligible, wait-listed                                                                   
     children  in Head  Start  programs in  the coming  year.                                                                   
     National studies  show that children who  participate in                                                                   
     quality  preschools  are more  likely  to graduate  from                                                                   
     high  school than  other children,  need less  expensive                                                                   
     special or  remedial services  and, as adults,  are more                                                                   
     likely to attend college and be employed.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Representative Meyer OBJECTED.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Croft spoke in  support of the  amendment. He                                                                   
stressed that the Head Start Program  has been successful and                                                                   
maintained  the money  would be  well worth  it if one  child                                                                   
were prevented from going to prison.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
EDDY JEANS, DIRECTOR, EDUCATION  SUPPORT SERVICES, DEPARTMENT                                                                   
OF EDUCATION AND EARLY DEVELOPMENT,  explained that the issue                                                                   
came up  during subcommittee  hearings.  The dilemma  is that                                                                   
state funds  go to providers and  the money is used  to apply                                                                   
for an additional  federal match. There is no  guarantee that                                                                   
additional  state dollars  would result  in matching  federal                                                                   
grants. There  is no guarantee  that the funds would  be used                                                                   
[for the Head Start Program.}                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
A roll call vote was taken on the motion.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
IN FAVOR: Joule, Moses, Croft                                                                                                   
OPPOSED:  Holm,  Kelly,  Stoltze, Weyrauch,  Foster,  Hawker,                                                                   
          Meyer                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Representative Chenault was absent from the vote.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
The MOTION FAILED (3-7).                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
4:18:30 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Representative Meyer MOVED to ADOPT DEC-2.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     AGENCY:             Environmental Conservation                                                                             
     APPROPRIATION:      Administration                                                                                         
     ALLOCATION:         Agency-Wide Unallocated Reduction                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     Fund Change                                                                                                                
          ($11.1)        G/F Match 1003                                                                                         
           $18.5         General Fund 1004                                                                                      
          ($ 7.4)        GF/Program Rcpts 1005                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
     Explanation:                                                                                                               
     Technical correction of GF funding sources for the                                                                         
     purpose of spreading the agency-wide unallocated                                                                           
     reduction in travel.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Representative Croft OBJECTED.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Meyer  explained  that  the  amendment  would                                                                   
allow a  fund shift. The  subcommittee reduced travel  by $25                                                                   
thousand.  The Amendment  would spread  out the reduction  by                                                                   
fund source.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
4:19:30 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Holms MOVED to  ADOPT Amendment  F&G-2, which                                                                   
would  add  $150.0  in  interagency   receipts  for  Wildlife                                                                   
Conservation Shooting Ranges.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Representative Stoltze OBJECTED.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Representative Holms  noted that the amendment  would provide                                                                   
authorizations for schools to  spend or collect funds for the                                                                   
use of the ranges. Some schools  could pay. There may also be                                                                   
some  education funds  available. The  Alaska State  Troopers                                                                   
have  also  indicated  interest  in  using  the  ranges  from                                                                   
midnight to 7 am.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Joule questioned  which communities  would be                                                                   
impacted. Representative Holms  responded: Juneau, Anchorage,                                                                   
and Fairbanks.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Joule questioned  if school participation  in                                                                   
the  shooting  ranges  would  be  considered  as  interagency                                                                   
receipts.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Croft  questioned  which  agencies  would  be                                                                   
involved.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
JIM  DERRINGER, STAFF,  REPRESENTATIVE  HOLM, clarified  that                                                                   
state troopers would  be allowed to use the  facility and pay                                                                   
for its use. High school kids  use the facility from 3 - 7 pm                                                                   
and pay  $5 dollars an hour.  It may be possible  to increase                                                                   
these fees.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
4:23:42 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Holms  MOVED  to  ADOPT  F&G-3,  which  would                                                                   
rename the  Wildlife Conservation  Shooting Ranges  to Hunter                                                                   
Education Shooting Ranges.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Representative   Chenault  OBJECTED   for   the  purpose   of                                                                   
discussion.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Mr.  Derringer  explained  that  the  amendment  would  allow                                                                   
application for grants that are on an educational manner.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Croft thought  that some  of the money  being                                                                   
used   to  fund   the   ranges   was  limited   to   wildlife                                                                   
conservation.   Mr.  Derringer   clarified   that  there   is                                                                   
approximately $8 million  in Pittman-Roberston federal funds,                                                                 
$7.5 million of  which is utilized for  wildlife conservation                                                                   
projects.  The   remaining  $500  thousand   is  specifically                                                                   
targeted  to higher  education  and can  be  used to  conduct                                                                   
classes, but  could not be used  for operation of  the range.                                                                   
The   Pittman-Roberston   funds  come   from   the  sale   of                                                                   
ammunition.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
TOM LAWSON, DIRECTOR, ADMINISTRATIVE  SERVICES, DEPARTMENT OF                                                                   
FISH  AND GAME,  clarified that  the federal  funds could  be                                                                   
used  for the  shooting ranges  in Fairbanks  and Juneau  are                                                                   
indoors.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
4:27:46 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Representative Croft MOVED to ADOPT Amendment GOV-1:                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     To page 14 after line 7 and page 29 after line 31                                                                          
     insert the following intent language:                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     "It is the  intent of this Legislature that  none of the                                                                   
     monies  appropriated   in  either  the  Office   of  the                                                                   
     Governor  or the Department  of Public  Safety is  to be                                                                   
     spent  for a  jet, no  matter what  the stated  purpose,                                                                   
     without prior legislative approval."                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Representative Chenault OBJECTED.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Croft spoke in  support of the  amendment. He                                                                   
explained that  the intent would  be specifically  reject the                                                                   
appropriation  [to   fund  a  jet  for  the   Office  of  the                                                                   
Governor].                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Representative Stoltze  noted that the Subcommittee  took out                                                                   
the funding  for the  jet. He pointed  out that the  Governor                                                                   
could  veto  the  intent  language   and  felt  that  it  was                                                                   
unnecessary and would not have the force of law.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Representative Hawker  observed that the amendment  would not                                                                   
prevent other departments from purchasing a jet.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Croft spoke in  support of the  amendment. He                                                                   
expressed concern  that without specific intent  that the jet                                                                   
could still be purchased.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
A roll call vote was taken on the motion.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
IN FAVOR: Foster, Joule, Croft                                                                                                  
OPPOSED: Holm, Kelly, Stoltze, Hawker, Meyer, Chenault                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Representatives  Moses  and  Weyrauch were  absent  from  the                                                                   
vote.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
The MOTION FAILED (3-6).                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
4:32:28 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Chenault MOVED  to ADOPT  Amendment HSS-2  as                                                                   
amended below:                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
     AGENCY:             Health & Social Services                                                                               
     APPROPRIATION:      Public Assistance                                                                                      
     ALLOCATION:         Tribal Assistance Programs                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     Delete:   Tribal Assistance Programs                                                                                       
     Add: Alaska Native Assistance Programs                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     Explanation:                                                                                                               
     This is a name change only. Renaming this allocation to                                                                    
     the Alaska Native Assistance Programs will avoid future                                                                    
     State sovereignty issues.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Chenault  explained  that the  amendment  was                                                                   
technical. There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Amendment HSS-3 was HELD.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Representative Hawker MOVED to ADOPT Amendment HSS-4:                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     ADD:                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     Department:    Department of Health & Social Services                                                                      
     Appropriation: Departmental Support Services                                                                               
     Allocation:    Agency-Wide     Unallocated    Reduction/                                                                   
                    Reversal                                                                                                    
     Fund Source:   1003 General Fund Match                                                                                     
     Amount:        $ 3,180.0                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     Description:                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     The HFBS directed  the Department to use the  FY 05 TANF                                                                   
     high performance bonus to  reduce qualified general fund                                                                   
     expenditures  in  the  existing budget  and  placed  the                                                                   
     unallocated  reduction of $3,180.0  as a placeholder  in                                                                   
     the budget  pending identification  of qualified  costs.                                                                   
     This has proven  to be difficult given  the criteria for                                                                   
     TANF spending.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     This  amendment reverses  the unallocated reduction  and                                                                   
     in doing  so holds  the TANF  high performance  bonus in                                                                   
     reserve.                                                                                                                   
     There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Representative Hawker MOVED to ADOPT Amendment HSS-5:                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     Add:                                                                                                                       
     Department:    Health and Social Services                                                                                  
     Appropriation: Behavioral Health                                                                                           
     Allocation:    Ak. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Program                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     Fund source:   1007 Interagency Receipts                                                                                   
                    $500,000 IAR                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     Amount:        1004 General Funds                                                                                          
                    $596,000 GF                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Representative Kelly OBJECTED  for the purpose of discussion.                                                                   
He stated that  he would support the amendment,  but stressed                                                                   
the need to address the underlying problem.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Representative Kelly  WITHDREW his OBJECTION. There  being NO                                                                   
OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
4:36:53 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Meyer MOVED to  ADOPT HSS-3, which  would add                                                                   
$500 thousand  in general funds  to Public Health,  Community                                                                   
Health Grants,  which would free  the same amount  of Tobacco                                                                   
Education/Cessation funds.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Representative   Stoltze   OBJECTED   for  the   purpose   of                                                                   
discussion.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Meyer  noted   that  20  percent  of  tobacco                                                                   
[cessation]  funds were  to go  to  cessation and  prevention                                                                   
programs. He  objected to the  movement of a portion  of this                                                                   
money  to  community   health  grants.  He  noted   that  the                                                                   
cessation and prevention programs are working.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Representative Stoltze WITHDREW his OBJECTION.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Representative   Hawker   OBJECTED   for   the   purpose   of                                                                   
discussion.  He  observed that he had previously  objected to                                                                   
the amendment, but had been convinced of its validity.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
4:40:17 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Representative Joule MOVED to ADOPT Amendment HSS-6:                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     Add:                                                                                                                       
     Department:    Health and Social Services                                                                                  
     Appropriation: Behavioral Health                                                                                           
     Allocation:    Behavioral Health grants                                                                                    
     Fund source:   1004 General Funds                                                                                          
               1007 Interagency Receipts                                                                                        
     Amount:   $4,500,000 general funds                                                                                         
               $1,500,000 IAR                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Description:      Funding  is  requested  to  develop  a                                                                   
     comprehensive  alcohol  and substance  abuse  prevention                                                                   
     package,  aimed primarily  at Alaska's  youth.   Current                                                                   
     funding  available  for   alcohol  and  substance  abuse                                                                   
     efforts  is  directed  primarily  at  treatment.    This                                                                   
     funding would enable the  Department to get ahead of the                                                                   
     abuse curve  by addressing  the problems facing  Alaskan                                                                   
     youth  and thus  discourage them  from attempted  escape                                                                   
     through  alcohol and  substance abuse.   This  amendment                                                                   
     combines funding the Governor  proposed in both the FY06                                                                   
     budget  and the  FY05  supplemental  for FY06  spending.                                                                   
     The source of the Interagency  receipts is the TANF high                                                                   
     performing bonus.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Representative   Chenault  OBJECTED   for   the  purpose   of                                                                   
discussion.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Joule spoke in  support of the  amendment. He                                                                   
acknowledged  the use  of general funds,  but emphasized  the                                                                   
importance of prevention. He stressed  that prevention is the                                                                   
highest  priority,  but  that  spending  goes  to  adults  in                                                                   
treatment and intervention.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Hawker acknowledged  the  seriousness of  the                                                                   
issue.  He expressed concern  that funds  are being  proposed                                                                   
for  expenditure without  proper planning.  He stressed  that                                                                   
success requires  planning, which did not  occur. Counselors,                                                                   
Alaska  Mental Health  Trust Authority,  and the Alcohol  and                                                                   
Drug Abuse Advisory  Board were not involved  in the planning                                                                   
process.  A  tactical   approach  was  not   developed  or  a                                                                   
coordinated  plan.  He indicated  that  the  issue should  be                                                                   
looked into for future years.  He also expressed concern that                                                                   
the  entire amount  would come  from general  funds and  that                                                                   
there are  no alcohol funds  being proposed for  involvement.                                                                   
Alcohol  taxes result  in $30  million a year;  only half  of                                                                   
which are spent on alcohol programs.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
4:46:38 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Croft  stressed  that the  funding  would  go                                                                   
toward prevention.  He spoke in support of  the amendment. He                                                                   
noted that there are very few dedicated funds.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Joule  recalled  the difficulty  incurred  in                                                                   
raising  the alcohol  tax.  He  emphasized that  the  funding                                                                   
would be used to reach children,  which are subjected to peer                                                                   
pressure. He spoke in support  of the amendment, and stressed                                                                   
the need  to start  with our  youth, in  order to save  funds                                                                   
with the adult population.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
4:52:45 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Holms acknowledged  the need, but  questioned                                                                   
the timing of  the amendment. He stressed that  the amendment                                                                   
is process  oriented. He  spoke in  support of programs  with                                                                   
defined results.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Representative Joule questioned  if there is a way to provide                                                                   
measurable results and if the  department would be willing to                                                                   
do so.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
JANET  CLARKE, ASSISTANT  COMMISSIONER,  DIVISION OF  FINANCE                                                                   
AND  MANAGEMENT SERVICES,  DEPARTMENT  OF  HEALTH AND  SOCIAL                                                                   
SERVICES, noted that the Department  included the proposal as                                                                   
part  of its  prevention and  early intervention  initiative.                                                                   
The proposal  was modeled  on ones used  by other  states and                                                                   
entities, which have demonstrated  results. She stressed that                                                                   
they are  not bureaucratic, but  are based on  sound evidence                                                                   
from federal agencies.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Representative Croft noted that  the amendment represents the                                                                   
Governor's initiative for grants  in specific areas, targeted                                                                   
to children. He spoke in support of the amendment.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Hawker  reiterated  that  there  was  not  an                                                                   
adequate  planning   process,  and  stressed  the   need  for                                                                   
accountability. He noted that  the Department is deficient in                                                                   
measuring  the performance.  He maintained  that there  is an                                                                   
anachronistic system  for managing grants. He  stated that he                                                                   
would like  to see more  planning and accountability  for the                                                                   
funds.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
5:02:21 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Representative Kelly  expressed concern that  outcomes ignore                                                                   
high unemployment rates. He maintained  that that the problem                                                                   
cannot be  addressed in areas  with high unemployment,  until                                                                   
those issues are addressed.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Representative   Joule    acknowledged   the    concerns   of                                                                   
Representative  Kelly  and  concluded that  the  problem  [of                                                                   
alcohol] needs to be addressed  on many fronts. He reiterated                                                                   
that the best way to build a foundation  for hope is "through                                                                   
our  young  people".  People  need  to  be  accountable,  but                                                                   
sometimes  it is hard  to change.  Systems  need to occur  in                                                                   
order to shift our youth; it is only the first part.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
A roll call vote was taken on the motion.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
IN FAVOR: Foster, Joule, Weyrauch, Croft                                                                                        
OPPOSED: Hawker, Holm, Kelly, Stoltze, Meyer, Chenault                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Representative Moses was absent from the vote.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Representative Hawker MOVED to ADOPT Amendment HSS-7:                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
      ADD                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
          Department:    Health and Social Services                                                                             
          Appropriation: Public Health                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
          Allocation:   Women, Children and Family Health                                                                       
          Amount:   500,000 General Fund (Fund 1004)                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
      DESCRIPTION:  Continue to meet demand for Breast and                                                                      
      Cervical Health Checks.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
      Provides for Breast & Cervical Health Checks (pelvic                                                                      
      exam, mammogram, PAP test) to the 7,200 that are                                                                          
      currently eligible women. Eligibility is based on income                                                                  
      at or below 250% of federal poverty level and no health                                                                   
      insurance.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
 There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Amendment HSS-8 was WITHDRAWN.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
5:08:47 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Representative Hawker MOVED to ADOPT HSS-9:                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     ADD:                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     Department:    Department of Health & Social Services                                                                      
     Appropriation: Public Assistance                                                                                           
     Allocation:    Public Assistance Field Services                                                                            
     Fund Source:   1108    Statutory   Designated    Program                                                                   
     Receipts                                                                                                                   
     Amount:        $ 110.0                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
    Description:   Alaska Native Medical Center Support                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Hawker  explained  that the  amendment  would                                                                   
allow  the  state of  Alaska  to  receive money  from  Alaska                                                                   
Native Medical  Center (ANMC)  for [two]  staff to  work with                                                                   
employees  at ANMC  [to improve  the  processing of  Medicaid                                                                   
applications.] He explained that  the funds would be federal.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                    

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