Legislature(1993 - 1994)

03/25/1993 05:00 PM TRA

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  HB 61 - LOWER ALCOHOL LIMIT TO 0.08 FOR OMVI'S                               
                                                                               
  Number 296                                                                   
                                                                               
  CHAIR FOSTER requested REPRESENTATIVE NORDLUND, as sponsor                   
  of the next item on the agenda, HB 61, to come forward and                   
  offer any new testimony or information he would like to                      
  present to the committee.                                                    
                                                                               
  CHAIR FOSTER indicated that at the last meeting there were                   
  still a lot of questions regarding HB 61 and he felt an                      
  adequate amount of time had gone by for those interested to                  
  address their concerns and present them at this time.                        
                                                                               
  Number 300                                                                   
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE JIM NORDLUND stated he did not have anything                  
  new.  However, he mentioned there was currently a law being                  
  introduced in Congress which provided for passage of a .08                   
  alcohol level.  He referred to JUANITA HENSLEY, CHIEF OF                     
  DRIVER SERVICES IN THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY, to                       
  answer questions about the new federal .08 law proposal.                     
                                                                               
  MS. HENSLEY stated that in order for a state to obtain and                   
  qualify for federal safety funding money in addition to the                  
  highway funds, the .08 option was one of six requirements                    
  currently proposed.  In order to comply and receive the                      
  money, the state must meet at least five of these                            
  requirements.                                                                
                                                                               
  Number 369                                                                   
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE VEZEY objected to federal control and felt                    
  there gets to be a point where the state should tell the                     
  federal government to keep their money.                                      
                                                                               
  MS. HENSLEY stated that she has been dealing with a lot of                   
  this frustration in a lot of areas lately.                                   
                                                                               
  Number 430                                                                   
                                                                               
  CHAIR FOSTER brought up a proposed amendment which had been                  
  brought to his office by representatives of the Alaska                       
  Cabaret, Hotel, Restaurant & Retailers Association.  The                     
  proposed amendment was to add a new section 5:  "This Act                    
  takes effect only if the state fails to become eligible                      
  before January 1, 1995, the commissioner of public safety                    
  shall notify the revisor of statutes regarding the                           
  eligibility of the state to receive a basic grant as                         
  described in this section."                                                  
                                                                               
  Number 468                                                                   
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE MULDER described the amendment, saying that                   
  basically, if we have the other five items, the proposed                     
  amendment would not be necessary in order to comply and                      
  obtain the federal funding.                                                  
                                                                               
  Number 475                                                                   
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE VEZEY said that as a commercially licensed                    
  driver, he was mandated to drive at a .04 level.                             
                                                                               
  Number 497                                                                   
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE NORDLUND said that the main thrust of HB 61                   
  was to arrest more drunk drivers, and the capture of federal                 
  funds was secondary.                                                         
                                                                               
  Number 504                                                                   
                                                                               
  CHAIR FOSTER noted that he was neutral on the legislation                    
  and asked the committee what their will and intentions on HB
  61 were.                                                                     
                                                                               
  Number 507                                                                   
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE MACKIE suggested that the amendment be sent                   
  with the bill to the Judiciary Committee.                                    
                                                                               
  Number 512                                                                   
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE MENARD moved for passage of HB 61 with                        
  individual recommendations.                                                  
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE VEZEY objected.                                               
                                                                               
  Upon a roll call vote, the motion failed.                                    
                                                                               
       YEAS (3):  MENARD, MACKIE, DAVIS                                        
       NAYS (3):  MULDER, FOSTER, VEZEY                                        
                                                                               
  Number 520                                                                   
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE NORDLUND stated that if it was the will of                    
  the committee, he would request the amendment be                             
  incorporated into a committee substitute.                                    
                                                                               
  Number 523                                                                   
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE MULDER moved the amendment into HB 61.                        
                                                                               
  Number 545                                                                   
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE VEZEY objected.                                               
                                                                               
  Number 550                                                                   
                                                                               
  A roll call vote of the committee passed the motion made by                  
  Representative Mulder which incorporated the proposed                        
  amendment into a committee substitute.                                       
                                                                               
       YEAS (5):  Foster, Mulder, Mackie, Davis, Menard                        
       NAYS (1):  Vezey                                                        
                                                                               
  Number 550                                                                   
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE MENARD moved for passage of CSHB 61(TRA) with                 
  individual recommendations.                                                  
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE VEZEY objected.                                               
                                                                               
  Upon a roll call vote, the bill was passed from committee                    
  with individual recommendations.                                             
                                                                               
       YEAS (5):  Foster, Mulder, Mackie, Davis, Menard                        
       NAYS (1):  Vezey                                                        
                                                                               
  Number 565                                                                   
                                                                               
  CHAIR FOSTER adjourned the meeting at 5:50 p.m.                              

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