Legislature(2007 - 2008)BARNES 124
05/09/2007 01:00 PM RESOURCES
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HB 177-NATURAL GAS PIPELINE (AGIA) 2:01:34 PM CO-CHAIR GATTO said that there is a question regarding HB 177, the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act (AGIA), since it left the House Resources Standing Committee. He relayed that the CS currently in the House Finance Committee is missing some amendments that were included when the bill left the House Resources Standing Committee. He said that he spoke with Co- Chair Chenault of the House Finance Committee and it was agreed that Representatives Roses and Seaton, who advocated for the amendments during testimony in House Resources Standing Committee, will be invited to testify in front of the House Finance Committee. He recalled that the House Resources Standing Committee had reviewed "a stack of amendments that were badly written," and then passed the amendments to Don Bullock, Division of Legislative Legal and Research Services, who incorporated all the amendments into a new CS. CO-CHAIR GATTO continued, stating that the House Resources Standing Committee reviewed the CS and removed some of the amendments. He allowed that all of the committee action, with one exception, was passed with a majority of those present. The one exception was a 4-4 vote, which would not have allowed the amendment to be put into the bill, and conversely, did not allow the amendment to be removed from the bill. He offered his belief that the administration has now changed the House Resources Standing Committee version of HB 177, so that this new version will need to be reviewed. 2:04:16 PM REPRESENTATIVE ROSES commented that an analysis of the new bill indicates that most of the committee work is ignored. He expressed his belief that the administration, in essence, bypassed the House Resources Standing Committee. He expressed his strong concern with this process, as a lot of the committee's work is not included in the CS. He emphasized that all of the work is important but that almost all of their work is ignored, and that this is unacceptable. REPRESENTATIVE GUTTENBERG stated that this is always a concern. He allowed that each committee has the right to amend, and then the next committee has the right to adopt the version it chooses. He posed that it would have been beneficial for the administration to recognize the work of the committees. 2:06:50 PM CO-CHAIR GATTO noted that the House Resources Standing Committee reviewed the House Special Committee on Oil and Gas version "with every intent to do it right." He emphasized that the committee was right to incorporate the amendments into a CS. CODY RICE, Staff to Representative Carl Gatto, Alaska State Legislature, offered his belief that a work draft has not been publicly adopted by the House Finance Committee. He stated that there are multiple versions of potential work drafts circulating, one of which is the version the co-chair of House Finance Committee intends to adopt. 2:08:36 PM CO-CHAIR GATTO said he has seen three versions, including one that was "red letter," but these did not include the "blue letter" version that was moved out of the House Resources Standing Committee. MR. RICE reported that there are several versions prepared by several different groups, including at least one version prepared by the administration. He relayed that conversations with people involved in this process indicate that the House Finance Committee work draft contains substantive policy issues that will be removed. He stated that Representative Chenault has committed to allow members of the House Resources Standing Committee to address the substantive issues that were withdrawn. 2:10:03 PM REPRESENTATIVE SEATON said that he and Representative Roses probably have the same version as the Senate CS. He offered that talks with the administration indicate that there are two separate work drafts. He offered his belief that the Senate Finance Committee version is not the same as the copy proposed to the House Finance Committee. He expressed his belief that the House draft includes the House Resources Standing Committee deleted amendments, and that there will be an amendment to reinsert them. He allowed that both versions will highlight the versions that each finance committee prefers. He opined that the House Resources Standing Committee work will be shown and referenced in the work draft. CO-CHAIR GATTO posed that the amendments are included in the print, so that they can be addressed to possibly add back into the bill. 2:12:21 PM REPRESENTATIVE SEATON offered his belief that the House Finance Committee version will show the edits, additions, and deletions. MR. RICE said that this is his understanding as well. REPRESENTATIVE ROSES commented that this "makes it a little more palatable." 2:13:54 PM REPRESENTATIVE SEATON said that he has received permission from Speaker Harris to invite the House Resources Standing Committee to join the House Special Committee on Fisheries on a special fall field hearing to address HB 134, Representative Edgmon's bill regarding the water and fishery resources impacted by Pebble Mine. He explained that the group will be visiting the mine site, and holding public hearings in the impacted villages. CO-CHAIR GATTO remarked that the visit will be very helpful. ADJOURNMENT There being no further business before the committee, the House Resources Standing Committee meeting was adjourned at 2:17:30 PM.