Legislature(2009 - 2010)HOUSE FINANCE 519

04/14/2010 08:30 AM FINANCE


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* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
-- Continued at 8:00 pm Today --
+ SB 230 BUDGET: CAPITAL, SUPP. & OTHER APPROPS TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+ SB 144 MUSK OXEN PERMITS TELECONFERENCED
Moved Out of Committee
+ SB 219 TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY:PROGRAM/MEDICAID TELECONFERENCED
Moved Out of Committee
+ SB 235 CHARTER/ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL FUNDING TELECONFERENCED
Moved HCS SB 235(FIN) Out of Committee
+ SB 269 ECON. STIMULUS BONDS: REALLOCATION/WAIVER TELECONFERENCED
Moved Out of Committee
+ SB 305 SEPARATE OIL & GAS PRODUCTION TAX TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+ HB 69 EARLY CHILDHOOD ED: PARENTS AS TEACHERS TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHB 69(FIN) Out of Committee
+= HB 317 EDUC. FUNDING: BASIC/SPEC NEEDS/TRANSPORT TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHB 317(FIN) Out of Committee
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
+= HB 421 PUBLIC EMPLOYEE SALARIES TELECONFERENCED
Moved Out of Committee
HOUSE BILL NO. 421                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     "An Act relating to the  compensation of certain public                                                                    
     officials,  officers,  and  employees  not  covered  by                                                                    
     collective bargaining agreements;  and providing for an                                                                    
     effective date."                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
4:05:48 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KEVIN   BROOKS,    DEPUTY   COMMISSIONER,    DEPARTMENT   OF                                                                    
ADMINISTRATION,  stated  that the  bill  would  provide a  2                                                                    
percent  increase over  each  of the  next  three years  for                                                                    
employees  of  the   legislative,  judicial,  and  executive                                                                    
branches  who  are  not  covered  by  collective  bargaining                                                                    
agreements.  Approximately 800  employees would  be affected                                                                    
in the judicial  branch, 500 in the  legislative branch, and                                                                    
1,700 in the executive branch.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
CHRIS  CHRISTENSEN, DEPUTY  ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR,  ALASKA                                                                    
COURT SYSTEM,  testified in support  of the  legislation. He                                                                    
stated that the  court system has the largest  group of non-                                                                    
union employees. He  noted that court system  employees as a                                                                    
group are the lowest paid  branch; about 70 percent of court                                                                    
employees are range  15 or less, which  causes problems with                                                                    
turnover and  training. He stated  that court  employees are                                                                    
hard-working and dedicated.  He added that over  the past 20                                                                    
to   25    years,   non-union   employees    have   received                                                                    
substantially lower  pay increases than actual  increases in                                                                    
the  cost of  living.  For  example, a  range  10A today  is                                                                    
making more  than 20 percent  less than  a range 10A  in the                                                                    
mid-1980s (not  taking into  account reductions  in benefits                                                                    
such as health insurance).                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
4:09:09 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Hawker noted  that there was a fiscal  note for the                                                                    
legislative branch and stated  his concerns regarding rising                                                                    
costs. He wanted  to zero out the  executive and legislative                                                                    
branches  as  he  did not  like  passing  additional  salary                                                                    
increments when  unemployment was so  high in the  state. He                                                                    
acknowledged that  all the employees deserved  to be treated                                                                    
equally.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Stoltze  hoped  there   would  be  a  fiscal  note                                                                    
reflecting true costs related  to a constitutional amendment                                                                    
on increasing the legislature.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair  Thomas MOVED  to report  HB421 out  of Committee                                                                    
with individual recommendations  and the accompanying fiscal                                                                    
notes. There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
HB  421 was  REPORTED  out  of Committee  with  a "do  pass"                                                                    
recommendation  and with  three attached  new fiscal  impact                                                                    
notes by the  Legislature, the Court system,  and the Office                                                                    
of the Governor.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Kelly  commented   that  he  had  difficulty                                                                    
supporting  the  bill  but  he  wanted  to  treat  the  non-                                                                    
bargaining employees  in the same  manner as  the bargaining                                                                    
ones.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Stoltze  acknowledged  the   hard  work  of  court                                                                    
employees.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
4:12:59 PM               RECESSED                                                                                             
4:20:03 PM               RECONVENED                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HB 69 CS WORKDRAFT 26 LS0281 W.pdf HFIN 4/14/2010 8:30:00 AM
HB 69
HB 317 CS WORKDRAFT 26-1378 P.pdf HFIN 4/14/2010 8:30:00 AM
HB 317
2009 SB 144 sponsor stmt & sectional.doc HFIN 4/14/2010 8:30:00 AM
SB 144
2009 SB 144 Musk Ox poster.pdf HFIN 4/14/2010 8:30:00 AM
SB 144
SB230 SpreadSheet.pdf HFIN 4/14/2010 8:30:00 AM
SB 230
00 Sponsor Statement CSSB219.pdf HFIN 4/14/2010 8:30:00 AM
SB 219
05 Sectional Analysis.pdf HFIN 4/14/2010 8:30:00 AM
SB 219
06 Alaska Data Graphs.pdf HFIN 4/14/2010 8:30:00 AM
SB 219
07 TBI Scorecard and Dashboard 032009.pdf HFIN 4/14/2010 8:30:00 AM
SB 219
08 Medicaid BrainInjury Program Costs.pdf HFIN 4/14/2010 8:30:00 AM
SB 219
09 StateofAlaska_Services_Congenital_Degenerative_BrainInjury.pdf HFIN 4/14/2010 8:30:00 AM
SB 219
10 Acquired Brain Injury Definition.pdf HFIN 4/14/2010 8:30:00 AM
SB 219
SB305 sponsor statement.docx HFIN 4/14/2010 8:30:00 AM
SB 305
11 Letters of Support.pdf HFIN 4/14/2010 8:30:00 AM
SB 219
HCS CSSB305(RES)(title am)-REV-TAX-04-13-10 decoupling.pdf HFIN 4/14/2010 8:30:00 AM
SB 305
2010 03 02 D Wood Calculations FY2008_09.pdf HFIN 4/14/2010 8:30:00 AM
SB 305
HB 317 Amendment #2 Gara.pdf HFIN 4/14/2010 8:30:00 AM
HB 317
SB 235 - Sponsor Statement.PDF HFIN 4/14/2010 8:30:00 AM
SB 235
SB 235 - Sectional Analysis.PDF HFIN 4/14/2010 8:30:00 AM
SB 235
HB338_SB269 Supporting Documents - AIDEA (2) (2)[1].pdf HFIN 4/14/2010 8:30:00 AM
HB 338
SB 269
SB269 Supporting Documents Letter FNSB EDC Resolution.pdf HFIN 4/14/2010 8:30:00 AM
SB 269
Sponsor Statement HB 69(EDC).pdf HFIN 4/14/2010 8:30:00 AM
HB 69
SB235 CS WORKDRAFT 26-LS1256 E VERSION.pdf HFIN 4/14/2010 8:30:00 AM
SB 235
Sectional HB 69(EDC).pdf HFIN 4/14/2010 8:30:00 AM
HB 69
Changes from HB 69 to HB 69(EDC).pdf HFIN 4/14/2010 8:30:00 AM
HB 69
HB069-EED-TLS-3-23-10.pdf HFIN 4/14/2010 8:30:00 AM
HB 69
Sectional HB 69(EDC).pdf HFIN 4/14/2010 8:30:00 AM
HB 69
Sectional CS HB 69 Version W.pdf HFIN 4/14/2010 8:30:00 AM
HB 69
HB 69(EDC) Fiscal Note Summary.pdf HFIN 4/14/2010 8:30:00 AM
HB 69
HB 69 Support Letters.pdf HFIN 4/14/2010 8:30:00 AM
HB 69
HB 69(EDC) FIN Background.pdf HFIN 4/14/2010 8:30:00 AM
HB 69
HB 317 Conceptual Amendment Stoltze Hawker.pdf HFIN 4/14/2010 8:30:00 AM
HB 317
Logsdon&Associates SB305 HsFin 041410.pptx HFIN 4/14/2010 8:30:00 AM
SB 305
CSHB069(FIN)-EED-TLS-4-14-2010.pdf HFIN 4/14/2010 8:30:00 AM
HB 69
HB421-LEG-LEG-4-14-10.pdf HFIN 4/14/2010 8:30:00 AM
HB 421
SB 220 Amendment #5 Gara.pdf HFIN 4/14/2010 8:30:00 AM
SB 220