Legislature(2007 - 2008)CAPITOL 106

03/27/2008 08:00 AM STATE AFFAIRS


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* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
*+ HJR 39 URGING US TO RATIFY LAW OF THE SEA TREATY TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHJR 39(STA) Out of Committee
*+ HB 412 LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL & LB&A MEMBERSHIP TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
<Bill Hearing Rescheduled from 03/20/08>
*+ HCR 23 UNIFORM RULES: MEASURE SPONSORS/READINGS TELECONFERENCED
Scheduled But Not Heard
<Bill Hearing Rescheduled from 03/20/08>
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
HB 412-LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL & LB&A MEMBERSHIP                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
8:52:36 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR LYNN  announced that the  last order of business  was HOUSE                                                               
BILL NO.  412, "An Act relating  to the membership of  the Alaska                                                               
Legislative Council and the membership  of the Legislative Budget                                                               
and Audit Committee."                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
8:52:44 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE GRUENBERG  introduced HB 412 as  prime sponsor, on                                                               
behalf of every  member of the House Minority.   He said the bill                                                               
was  introduced once  before on  behalf  of every  member of  the                                                               
House Minority in the Twenty-Third  Alaska State Legislature.  He                                                               
stated that with  one exception, HB 412 completes  a concept that                                                               
began  back  in approximately  1987  or  1988, in  the  Fifteenth                                                               
Alaska State  Legislature, when  a member  of the  House Minority                                                               
approached  Representative  Gruenberg,  then the  House  Majority                                                               
leader,  asking  for   proportional  representation  on  standing                                                               
committees.    At  that  time,  he  noted,  "we  were  not  in  a                                                               
coalition," and the members of  the Democratic majority agreed to                                                               
the  concept  of  proportional  representation  on  the  standing                                                               
committees and amended the Uniform Rules accordingly.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  GRUENBERG  said  that for  whatever  reason,  the                                                               
membership of the Alaska Legislative  Council and the Legislative                                                               
Budget and Audit Committee was  not made proportional at the same                                                               
time.    He noted  that  those  two  committees were  created  by                                                               
statute and do  not require a two-thirds vote,  but rather follow                                                               
a majority  vote.  He said  the only committee that  has not been                                                               
included  in  HB 412  was  the  Joint Armed  Services  Committee,                                                               
because "we just didn't feel that that was necessary."                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
8:55:22 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE GRUENBERG said there are  six sections to the bill                                                               
which   provide  proportional   representation   on  the   Alaska                                                               
Legislative  Council   and  the  Legislative  Budget   and  Audit                                                               
Committee.   He said  both the majority  leader and  the minority                                                               
whip support  the legislation, although  neither one was  able to                                                               
attend today's meeting.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE GRUENBERG,  in response  to a question  from Chair                                                               
Lynn, described  the present  make-up of  the two  committees and                                                               
how  the bill  would change  them.   He  said he  would have  the                                                               
numbers written  down for the  chair by  the next hearing  of the                                                               
bill.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
8:57:10 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR LYNN announced that HB 412 was heard and held.                                                                            

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