Legislature(1993 - 1994)

02/09/1993 03:00 PM L&C

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  HB 65:  FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATION OF STATE GOVT.                              
                                                                               
  CHAIRMAN HUDSON brought up HB 65.                                            
                                                                               
  Number 539                                                                   
                                                                               
  STEPHANIE COLE, DEPUTY ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR, ALASKA COURT                 
  SYSTEM (Court System), testified via teleconference from                     
  Anchorage in opposition to the transfer of the Office of                     
  Public Advocacy's budget to the Court System.  Ms. Cole                      
  stated the Court System was opposed specifically to Sections                 
  49, 64 and 69 of HB 65.                                                      
                                                                               
  TAPE 8, SIDE B                                                               
  Number 001                                                                   
                                                                               
  CHAIRMAN HUDSON suggested that the discussion be continued                   
  at a future date when the committee could hear from the head                 
  of the Office of Public Advocacy (OPA), and the committee                    
  had a chance to review the material presented in written                     
  form.                                                                        
                                                                               
  Number 010                                                                   
                                                                               
  CHERYL FRASCA, DIRECTOR, DIVISION OF BUDGET REVIEW, OFFICE                   
  OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET, OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR, testified                  
  on HB 65.  Ms. Frasca read the sectional analysis of the                     
  bill and offered to answer any questions.  (The sectional                    
  analysis is available in the committee file.)                                
                                                                               
  Number 455                                                                   
                                                                               
  REP. GREEN asked about the fiscal impact of transferring the                 
  OPA to the Court System.                                                     
                                                                               
  MS. FRASCA responded that the Court System would have to pay                 
  the going market cost for attorneys, which would increase                    
  the fiscal impact.                                                           
                                                                               
  Number 465                                                                   
                                                                               
  ART SNOWDEN, ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR, ALASKA COURT SYSTEM,                   
  testified that the cost to the Court System would be                         
  $449,000.  Mr. Snowden also pointed out that this issue                      
  surfaced in 1991 and the Office of Management and Budget did                 
  a review at that time and found it to be a bad idea.                         
                                                                               
  MR. SNOWDEN noted that the major problem was not the                         
  agencies that administered the programs, it was the                          
  uncontrollable factors.  In this case, the Office of Public                  
  Advocacy doesn't know from year to year how many people                      
  will be walking through their doors with what types of                       
  crimes.                                                                      
                                                                               
  Number 475                                                                   
                                                                               
  REP. PORTER inquired if the appointment structure would                      
  change if the OPA is transferred from Administration to the                  
  Court System.                                                                
                                                                               
  MR. SNOWDEN responded that most of the court mandated                        
  appointments were made because the court had previously                      
  ruled that the persons in this situation had a                               
  constitutional right to representation.  He further noted                    
  that the amount of work would not change who administers the                 
  funding.                                                                     
                                                                               
  Number 500                                                                   
                                                                               
  MS. COLE stated that in statute 25.24.310 the court may                      
  appoint an attorney to represent a minor in custody disputes                 
  between the parents.                                                         
                                                                               
  Number 600                                                                   
                                                                               
  JAY DULANY, DIRECTOR, DIVISION OF MOTOR VEHICLES, DEPARTMENT                 
  OF PUBLIC SAFETY, announced that he was present at the                       
  committee meeting to answer any questions the committee                      
  members might have.                                                          
                                                                               
  Number 702                                                                   
                                                                               
  CHAIRMAN HUDSON asked who acquires vehicle registration                      
  lists and if there were any problems with rights of privacy.                 
                                                                               
  MR. DULANY responded that vehicle registration lists were                    
  public information under Title 9.  He further stated that                    
  there were only two requests for the entire file.                            
                                                                               
  Number 751                                                                   
                                                                               
  CHAIRMAN HUDSON expressed his concern that the title of the                  
  bill might not be sufficiently broad enough to cover the                     
  whole bill.                                                                  
                                                                               
  TAPE 93-9, SIDE A                                                            
  Number 000                                                                   
                                                                               
  REP. PORTER asked Mr. Dulany how Alaska's fee structure                      
  stacked up against the rest of the states'.                                  
                                                                               
  Number 013                                                                   
                                                                               
  MR. DULANY stated that Alaska's passenger registration fees                  
  were about average.  Many states attach a tax to the                         
  registration fees, which causes Alaska's total fees to be                    
  very low.  Commercial vehicles, even without a tax, are                      
  significantly lower than most other states.                                  
                                                                               
  Number 028                                                                   
                                                                               
  REP. MULDER inquired if there was a demand for special                       
  license plates.                                                              
                                                                               
  MR. DULANY stated there is a demand for special license                      
  plates and the state could produce some revenue this way.                    
                                                                               
  Number 037                                                                   
                                                                               
  REP. MULDER asked that it be noted that he liked the optic                   
  yellow license plates.                                                       
                                                                               
  REP. SITTON asked who was exempt from the license fees and                   
  how much was lost by those exemptions.                                       
                                                                               
  Number 043                                                                   
                                                                               
  MR. DULANY stated he did not have that information with him.                 
                                                                               
  Number 065                                                                   
                                                                               
  CHAIRMAN HUDSON wanted to know the importance of this                        
  legislation of the Governor's FY 94 budget.  Chairman Hudson                 
  noted that a number of the sections in HB 65 carried a                       
  fiscal impact and he wanted to inquire how that would affect                 
  the governor's budget.                                                       
                                                                               
  Number 078                                                                   
                                                                               
  MS. FRASCA replied that the increase in revenues was not                     
  reflected in the Governor's budget, with two exceptions,                     
  amounting to approximately $750,000.                                         
                                                                               
  Number 115                                                                   
                                                                               
  CHAIRMAN HUDSON asked Ms. Frasca if any portions of the                      
  legislation was tied to other legislation, specifically, the                 
  clean air bill.                                                              
                                                                               
  Number 119                                                                   
                                                                               
  MS. FRASCA responded that the some of the agencies did                       
  indicate a relationship, but she did not have that                           
  information with her.                                                        
                                                                               
  Number 123                                                                   
                                                                               
  CHAIRMAN HUDSON asked Ms. Frasca to provide a cross                          
  reference so the committee could see the relationships                       
  between this omnibus bill and other pieces of legislation,                   
  federal law or order.                                                        
                                                                               
  Number 128                                                                   
                                                                               
  REP. PORTER asked for the rationale for charging a fee for                   
  certification to corrections officers but not for Department                 
  of Public Safety officers.                                                   
                                                                               
  Number 144                                                                   
                                                                               
  JACK WRAY, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, POLICE STANDARDS COUNCIL,                     
  DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY, answered that the problem was                   
  in the wording.                                                              
                                                                               
  Number 160                                                                   
                                                                               
  REP. PORTER commented that all officers should be treated                    
  the same.                                                                    
                                                                               
  CHAIRMAN HUDSON adjourned the meeting at 4:55 p.m.                           

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