Legislature(2017 - 2018)SENATE FINANCE 532

05/15/2017 01:00 PM CONFERENCE COMMITTEE ON HB57 AND HB59

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01:00:54 PM Start
01:06:17 PM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
HB 57 APPROP: OPERATING BUDGET/LOANS/FUNDS
Heard & Held
HB 59 APPROP: MENTAL HEALTH BUDGET
Heard & Held
Organizational Meeting
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 57(FIN) am(brf sup maj fld)(efd fld)                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     "An  Act making  appropriations for  the operating  and                                                                    
     loan  program  expenses  of state  government  and  for                                                                    
     certain   programs;   capitalizing   funds;   repealing                                                                    
     appropriations; and  making supplemental appropriations                                                                    
     and reappropriations."                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SENATE CS FOR CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 57(FIN) am S                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     "An  Act making  appropriations for  the operating  and                                                                    
     loan  program  expenses  of state  government  and  for                                                                    
     certain   programs;   capitalizing   funds;   repealing                                                                    
     appropriations; making  supplemental appropriations and                                                                    
     reappropriations; 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."                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
and                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 59(FIN)                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     "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."                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SENATE CS FOR CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 59(FIN)                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     "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."                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:01:11 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator Hoffman MOVED that Representative Seaton serve as                                                                       
the presiding chair of the FY 18 Conference Committee on HB                                                                     
57 and HB 59. There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Chair Seaton MOVED that Senator  Hoffman serve as Vice-Chair                                                                    
of the FY 18 Conference Committee  on HB 57 and HB 59. There                                                                    
being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
1:02:05 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Chair   Seaton  reviewed   procedures   pertaining  to   the                                                                    
conference  committee.  He noted  that  both  the House  and                                                                    
Senate  budget process  allowed for  public testimony.  That                                                                    
portion  of  the  process   was  concluded;  the  conference                                                                    
committee would not accept  further public testimony. Unless                                                                    
invited  by  the  Chair,  only  members  of  the  conference                                                                    
committee  would take  part  in discussions  or  sit at  the                                                                    
table.  He  noted  that  the  director  of  the  Legislative                                                                    
Finance  Division  would be  invited  to  sit at  the  table                                                                    
beginning with the next meeting.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Chair Seaton observed that  the Legislative Finance Division                                                                    
had been directed to prepare  the "motion sheets" for use by                                                                    
the conference  committee. The motion sheets  summarized the                                                                    
differences  between the  two versions  of the  bills before                                                                    
the   conference  committee   and   were   located  on   the                                                                    
Legislative Finance Division's website.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Chair Seaton  explained that the conference  committee would                                                                    
operate  under  Uniform  Rule  42.  All  action  required  a                                                                    
majority  vote  from  each  body for  adoption.  A  copy  of                                                                    
Uniform Rule 42 and related  legal opinions were provided in                                                                    
each member's  packet. Motions required  a majority  of each                                                                    
body.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
1:03:17 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair  Hoffman   MOVED  that  all   appropriations  and                                                                    
language in the  FY 18 operating budget  that were identical                                                                    
in House and Senate versions of  HB 57 and HB 59 be adopted.                                                                    
There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Chair Seaton observed that the  committee would need limited                                                                    
powers to reach  agreements. He noted a  letter addressed to                                                                    
the Senate  President and  House Speaker  and dated  May 15,                                                                    
2017  had  been  distributed  for  members'  signatures.  He                                                                    
explained   that  under   limited   powers  the   Conference                                                                    
Committee  could  adopt  any amount  between  zero  and  the                                                                    
higher of the  House or Senate version of  each item subject                                                                    
to conference.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Hoffman MOVED to ADOPT the letter requesting                                                                         
limited powers of free conference for the items that were                                                                       
not identical. There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1:04:23 PM                                                                                                                    
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:05:45 PM                                                                                                                    
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Chair Seaton observed that the committee meetings would be                                                                      
posted on BASIS under the 24-hour rule.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
HB 57 was HEARD and HELD in committee for further                                                                               
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
HB 59 was HEARD and HELD in committee for further                                                                               
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                

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