Legislature(1993 - 1994)

03/03/1994 08:00 AM STA

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  HB 392 - PERMANENT FUND DIVIDEND PROGRAM                                     
                                                                               
  CHAIRMAN VEZEY opened HB 392 for discussion.  A new                          
  committee substitute is being prepared, however, it is not                   
  yet completed.                                                               
                                                                               
  CHAIRMAN VEZEY said the committee did have a Version O of                    
  the committee substitute dated 2/24/94, before them, which                   
  incorporated the change from a previous hearing on page 5,                   
  line 7.  The committee substitute adds the bright-line                       
  distinction that an individual is not eligible for a                         
  dividend and each of the five dividends preceding that                       
  dividend, if the individual is absent for more than 180 days                 
  during the qualifying period.  He clarified an individual                    
  could only have an excused absence for five years.  After                    
  that time, the dividend would be denied, except for medical                  
  reasons as outlined in lines 10-13.                                          
                                                                               
  CHAIRMAN VEZEY stated another discussed amendment from the                   
  previous hearing, however not adopted, was placed into the                   
  committee substitute on page 4, line 11.  He felt Version O                  
  of the committee substitute dated 2/24/94, should not be                     
  adopted by the committee, but the committee should vote to                   
  adopt the wording found on page 5, lines 7-13, of Version O,                 
  of the committee substitute, dated 2/24/94.                                  
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE G. DAVIS asked if the change was under                        
  allowable absences.                                                          
                                                                               
  Number 145                                                                   
                                                                               
  CHAIRMAN VEZEY responded the change was under allowable                      
  absences, drawing a bright-line at five years, unless out of                 
  the state for medical reasons.                                               
                                                                               
  Number 147                                                                   
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE G. DAVIS asked if it meant five consecutive                   
  years.                                                                       
                                                                               
  Number 148                                                                   
                                                                               
  CHAIRMAN VEZEY confirmed REPRESENTATIVE G. DAVIS.  He                        
  believed the committee was in favor of a bright-line                         
  distinction at the last hearing.                                             
                                                                               
  Number 156                                                                   
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE G. DAVIS felt five years may be too long.  He                 
  would prefer to "ratchet down" as many allowable absences as                 
  possible.                                                                    
                                                                               
  Number 171                                                                   
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE OLBERG gave an example of a career military                   
  pilot in his district who has no intention of relinquishing                  
  his Alaskan residency, but may spend most of 20 years                        
  outside of Alaska.  He periodically comes back to visit                      
  family.                                                                      
                                                                               
  CHAIRMAN VEZEY responded, the change states, in essence, if                  
  a person is out of the state for five years, they are not                    
  eligible for a dividend.  Currently, if a person is absent                   
  for 180 days a year or more than five years, they are                        
  considerably scrutinized by the Permanent Fund Dividend                      
  (PFD) Division.                                                              
                                                                               
  Number 191                                                                   
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE OLBERG stated number 6, serving on active                     
  duty as a member of the Armed Forces of the United States,                   
  is an allowable absence.  His constituent, however, is                       
  having difficulty getting his dividend.                                      
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE G. DAVIS clarified that REPRESENTATIVE                        
  OLBERG's constituent was active.                                             
                                                                               
  Number 197                                                                   
                                                                               
  CHAIRMAN VEZEY believed REPRESENTATIVE OLBERG's constituent                  
  would have received a dividend under subparagraph 6 of                       
  section 5, "serving on active duty as a member of the armed                  
  forces," but he has probably been out of the state for five                  
  years.  The PFD gives considerable scrutiny to those                         
  persons.  The intent of the change is to merely codify a                     
  bright-line at five years, there is no administrative                        
  judgment involved.                                                           
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE OLBERG did not have a problem with the                        
  change.                                                                      
                                                                               
  CHAIRMAN VEZEY stated the new committee substitute would be                  
  drafted and he would expect the committee to adopt it and                    
  pass it out.                                                                 
  HB 392 - PERMANENT FUND DIVIDEND PROGRAM                                     
                                                                               
  CHAIRMAN VEZEY announced HB 392 would be readdressed at a                    
  later date.                                                                  
  HB 392 - PERMANENT FUND DIVIDEND PROGRAM                                     
                                                                               
  CHAIRMAN VEZEY opened the discussion on the new Version O,                   
  dated 3/3/94 of committee substitute (CS) for HB 392.  The                   
  amendments to the CS allow exemptions for individuals                        
  outside the state receiving medical treatment and                            
  individuals outside the state accompanying a minor who is                    
  receiving medical treatment.                                                 
                                                                               
  Number 167                                                                   
                                                                               
  RICHARD VITALE clarified the CS, presently before the                        
  committee, is the final version according to the Permanent                   
  Fund Dividend Division.                                                      
                                                                               
  Number 172                                                                   
                                                                               
  CHAIRMAN VEZEY understood the committee could take action on                 
  the CS for HB 392 if the committee desires.  Under the                       
  current CS for HB 392, the only persons who would be                         
  eligible for a dividend under category 9, if absent from the                 
  state for 180 days a year, or five years or more, would be a                 
  member of the U.S. Congress from Alaska.                                     
                                                                               
  Number 208                                                                   
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE OLBERG stated on page 5, line 8, allows                       
  absences under categories 7-9.                                               
                                                                               
  Number 216                                                                   
                                                                               
  CHAIRMAN VEZEY clarified category number 9 is serving as a                   
  member of the United States Congress.  An absence under                      
  categories 7-9 is a waiver of the five year line.                            
                                                                               
  Number 227                                                                   
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE G. DAVIS moved to adopt Version O, dated                      
  3/3/94  of CSHB 392, to the House State Affairs Committee.                   
                                                                               
  Number 240                                                                   
                                                                               
  CHAIRMAN VEZEY recognized the motion, the secretary called                   
  the roll, and the CSHB 392 was adopted by the House State                    
  Affairs Committee.                                                           
                                                                               
  Number 245                                                                   
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE G. DAVIS moved CSHB 392 be passed from                        
  committee with individual recommendations.                                   
                                                                               
  Number 250                                                                   
                                                                               
  CHAIRMAN VEZEY recognized the motion, the committee                          
  secretary called the roll, and CSHB 392 was passed from the                  
  House State Affairs Committee with individual                                
  recommendations.                                                             
                                                                               
  Having no more business before the committee, CHAIRMAN VEZEY                 
  adjourned the meeting at 9:54 a.m.                                           

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