Legislature(2003 - 2004)

04/22/2003 03:27 PM HES

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SB 124-ALCOHOLISM AND DRUG ABUSE GRANTS                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
[Contains discussion of HB 167]                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
TAPE 03-35, SIDE B                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR WILSON announced that the  final order of business would be                                                               
SENATE  BILL NO.  124(efd fld),  "An Act  relating to  grants for                                                               
alcoholism and drug abuse programs."                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Number 2320                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  COGHILL   moved  to  adopt  the   proposed  House                                                               
committee substitute  (HCS), Version 23-GS1111\D,  Ford, 4/17/03,                                                               
as a work draft.  There  being no objection, Version D was before                                                               
the committee.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Number 2326                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR WILSON explained that [Version  D] would put the grants for                                                               
alcoholism and  drug abuse programs  in a transition phase.   The                                                               
difference is  that the  Senate bill increased  the amount  to 25                                                               
percent that  communities have to  contribute; however,  the bill                                                               
the  House   Health,  Education  and  Social   Services  Standing                                                               
Committee passed  out of  committee last  month [HB  167] allowed                                                               
for  a  phased-in approach.    The  grantees  know the  cuts  are                                                               
coming, but  this is phased  in.  Chair  Wilson said that  is the                                                               
only difference between the House  and Senate bills.  In response                                                               
to  Representative   Seaton,  she  said  the   [House]  committee                                                               
substitute allows  the grantees to  only have to  contribute 17.5                                                               
percent this year,  and then next year it goes  up to 25 percent.                                                               
The  Senate bill  goes directly  to the  25 percent  contribution                                                               
this year, so there is no phased-in approach.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE COGHILL commented that  when the committee adopted                                                               
the House committee substitute,  the committee took the amendment                                                               
and put it in the Senate bill.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR WILSON said that is correct.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Number 2214                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE CISSNA referred to Section  1, lines 5-6, where it                                                               
says "grants  shall be  awarded in  a ratio  of 75  percent state                                                               
money to  25 percent  community money".   On  page 2,  lines 5-7,                                                               
under "Transition", she noted that it says July 2004.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR WILSON  responded that this  coming fiscal  year, beginning                                                               
July  1, 2003,  there would  be a  transition year  [during which                                                               
communities would  have to  contribute 17.5].   When  fiscal year                                                               
2004 begins, the percentage of  community contribution will be 25                                                               
percent.  She reiterated that  this HCS simply changes the Senate                                                               
bill so it is identical to  the bill the committee passed earlier                                                               
[HB 167].                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Number 2140                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SEATON  moved to  report HCS  SB 124,  Version 23-                                                               
GS1111\D,  Ford,  4/17/03,  out   of  committee  with  individual                                                               
recommendations and the  corrected fiscal notes.   There being no                                                               
objection, HCS  SB 124(HES) was  reported from the  House Health,                                                               
Education and Social Services Standing Committee.                                                                               

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