Legislature(1999 - 2000)

05/07/1999 02:20 PM JUD

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HB 225 - CAMPAIGN FINANCE AND LEGISLATIVE ETHICS                                                                                
CHAIRMAN KOTT announced the first order of business is HB 225, "An                                                              
Act relating to election campaigns and legislative ethics; and                                                                  
providing for an effective date."                                                                                               
Number 0073                                                                                                                     
REPRESENTATIVE GREEN made a motion to adopt the proposed committee                                                              
substitute for HB 225, Version 1-LS0931\G, Cramer, 5/7/99.  There                                                               
being no objection, it was so adopted.                                                                                          
Number 0128                                                                                                                     
REPRESENTATIVE CROFT referred to page 5, subsection (H), and noted                                                              
the phrase - "...however, a legislator or legislative employee may                                                              
not use governmental resources to solicit contributions for or                                                                  
gather signatures on..."  It's appropriate to say "resources" in                                                                
that phrase because it means a state employee cannot be used from                                                               
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to gather signatures for a petition or use                                                               
a Legislative Information Office, for example.  It read                                                                         
"facilities" before when it was suppose to incorporate the two                                                                  
Number 0239                                                                                                                     
CHAIRMAN KOTT noted that is his understanding of the intent of the                                                              
language in (H) as well.                                                                                                        
Number 0261                                                                                                                     
CHAIRMAN KOTT offered a conceptual amendment to Section 4 of the                                                                
proposed committee substitute.  Susie Barnett is requesting an                                                                  
effective date of December 1, 1999.  In reading a memo from her,                                                                
she indicated that she spends several hours with Terry Cramer of                                                                
the Legislative Affairs Agency every time the ethics code is                                                                    
amended discussing how it should be interpreted.  She also has the                                                              
responsibility of compiling that information into a handbook for                                                                
new employees.                                                                                                                  
Number 0406                                                                                                                     
REPRESENTATIVE JAMES asked Chairman Kott whether it would change                                                                
only the ethics portion of the proposed committee substitute or the                                                             
campaign portion as well.                                                                                                       
CHAIRMAN KOTT replied it would change only the ethics portion.                                                                  
REPRESENTATIVE JAMES inquired as to whether Section 4 actually says                                                             
CHAIRMAN KOTT reiterated the intent of the conceptual amendment is                                                              
to make sure that the ethics portion of the bill goes into effect                                                               
December 1, 1999.                                                                                                               
Number 0471                                                                                                                     
REPRESENTATIVE JOHN COWDERY, Alaska State Legislature, came before                                                              
the committee as sponsor of HB 225.  It is also his understanding                                                               
that a pamphlet has to be worked on for new employees.  The                                                                     
conceptual amendment would give ample time for that; it is                                                                      
acceptable to him.                                                                                                              
Number 0512                                                                                                                     
REPRESENTATIVE JAMES clarified as to whether Sections 1 and 2 would                                                             
have an immediate effective date, while the rest of the proposed                                                                
committee substitute would have an effective date of December 1,                                                                
CHAIRMAN KOTT replied that's the intent of the conceptual                                                                       
Number 0602                                                                                                                     
REPRESENTATIVE CROFT stated that the only reason Section 2 is in                                                                
the bill is because of a cross-reference to Section 3.  He noted                                                                
that Section 1 should match the effective date in Section 5, while                                                              
Sections 2 and 3 should match the proposed December 1, 1999                                                                     
effective date.  He suggested substituting "December 1, 1999" for                                                               
"effective immediately" on page 5, line 21, of the bill.                                                                        
CHAIRMAN KOTT noted that he would inform the drafter of the intent                                                              
of the conceptual amendment in the event that the change is not                                                                 
CHAIRMAN KOTT asked whether there is any objection to the                                                                       
conceptual amendment.  There being none, it was so adopted.                                                                     
Number 0750                                                                                                                     
REPRESENTATIVE ROKEBERG made a motion to move HB 225, Version                                                                   
1-LS0931\G, Cramer, 5/7/99, as amended, from the committee with                                                                 
individual recommendations and the attached fiscal note(s).  There                                                              
being no objection, CSHB 225(JUD) was so moved from the House                                                                   
Judiciary Standing Committee.                                                                                                   

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