Legislature(2007 - 2008)

05/10/2007 04:13 PM HB95


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CALL TO ORDER                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Representative Chenault called the Conference Committee                                                                         
meeting to order at 4:13:36 PM.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senate:                                                                                                                         
     Senator Lyman Hoffman, Vice-Chair                                                                                          
     Senator Bert Stedman, Member                                                                                               
     Senator Dyson, Member                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
House:                                                                                                                          
     Representative Mike Chenault, Chair                                                                                        
     Representative Kevin Meyer, Member                                                                                         
     Representative Reggie Joule, Member                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
ALSO PRESENT                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
David Teal,  Director, Legislative  Finance Division;  fiscal                                                                   
analysts  with  the  Office  of  Management  and  Budget  and                                                                   
Legislative Finance Division; and  aides to committee members                                                                   
and other members of the Legislature.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
SUMMARY                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CSHB 95(FIN)                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
      "An  Act making  appropriations for  the operating  and                                                                   
     loan program  expenses of state government,  for certain                                                                   
     programs,    and    to    capitalize    funds;    making                                                                   
     appropriations  under art. IX, sec.  17(c), Constitution                                                                   
     of the State  of Alaska; and providing  for an effective                                                                   
     date."                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CSHB 96(FIN)                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
     "An Act making appropriations for the operating and                                                                        
     capital    expenses    of   the    state's    integrated                                                                   
     comprehensive mental  health program; and  providing for                                                                   
     an effective date."                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
And                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Senate CS for CSHB 95(FIN) am S                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     "An Act making appropriations for the operating and                                                                        
     loan program  expenses of state government,  for certain                                                                   
     programs,    and    to    capitalize    funds;    making                                                                   
     appropriations  under art. IX, sec.  17(c), Constitution                                                                   
     of the State  of Alaska; and providing  for an effective                                                                   
     date."                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Senate CS for CSHB 96(FIN)                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     "An Act making appropriations for the operating and                                                                        
     capital    expenses    of   the    state's    integrated                                                                   
     comprehensive mental  health program; and  providing for                                                                   
     an effective date."                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     Departments with open items, except DOT                                                                                    
     Executive Branch Efficiencies                                                                                              
     Spending Reductions                                                                                                        
     Statewide                                                                                                                  
     Mental Health Bill                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Chair  Chenault  noted  that  the  Conference  Committee  had                                                                   
received  limited powers  of free  conference  from both  the                                                                   
Senate  and House.  He  observed that  the  motion sheets  on                                                                   
these departments were available.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Senator Hoffman  MOVED to  ADOPT the  following items  in the                                                                   
Administration  Department's  budget: 1  -  House minus  $250                                                                   
thousand;  2 -  House:  $500 thousand  in  general funds  and                                                                   
$200  in statutory  designated funds;  and 3  - House.  There                                                                   
being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Rep Chenault  noted that  the Department of  Administration's                                                                   
budget was closed.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
4:14:59 PM                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
COMMERCE, COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Senator Hoffman  MOVED to ADOPT  the following items  for the                                                                   
Department of  Commerce, Community and  Economic Development:                                                                   
1- Senate; 2  - Senate; 3 - open;  4 - House; 4 -  House; 5 -                                                                   
Senate; 6  - Senate; 7 -  Senate; 8 -  House; 9 - open;  10 -                                                                   
open; 11  - Senate; 12 -  House; 13 -  House (1 and 2);  14 -                                                                   
Senate (1) and House  (2); 15 - open; 16 - open;  and 17 - 22                                                                   
- Senate. There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Chair Chenault noted  that items 3, 9,  10, 15, and  16 would                                                                   
remain open.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
4:17:59 PM                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Senator Hoffman  MOVED to  ADOPT the  following items  in the                                                                   
Corrections Department's  budget: 1 - 11 were House;  12 - 15                                                                   
were open;  17 - Senate  minus $15 thousand;  18 &  19 House.                                                                   
There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Chair  Chenault noted  that items  12, 13,  14, and 15  would                                                                   
remain open.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
4:19:44 PM                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND EARLY DEVELOPMENT                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Senator Hoffman  MOVED to  ADOPT the  following items  in the                                                                   
Department of Education  and Early Development's  budget: 1 -                                                                   
5 were  left open;  3 &  4 - Senate;  6 &  11 open;  7 &  8 -                                                                   
Senate; 9 - Senate minus $50 thousand; 10 - House.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
4:20:50 PM                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Senator Dyson referred  to item 8, which is  intent language.                                                                   
Senator Hoffman  noted that item  8 contains intent  language                                                                   
for the state wide mentoring program.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Rep Chenault: Items 1, 2, 5, 6 and 11 would remain open.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
4:22:18 PM                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Senator Hoffman  MOVED to  ADOPT the  following items  in the                                                                   
Environmental  Conservation  Department's  budget:  1 &  2  -                                                                   
open; 3 - House  intent; 4 & 5 - Senate; 6, 7,  8, 9 open; 10                                                                   
House  both;   11  -  Senate   intent  (deleting   the  first                                                                   
sentence)  and in the  second intent  delete "also".  The new                                                                   
language  would read:  It is  the intent  of the  legislature                                                                   
that  the Department  of  Environmental  Conservation pay  no                                                                   
more than  the lowest commercially  available berth  rate for                                                                   
Ocean Ranges aboard commercial passenger vessels.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Dyson   questioned  why   the  first  sentence   was                                                                   
deleted,  which  expressed  the  intent  that  Department  of                                                                   
Environmental   Conservation  implement   the  Ocean   Ranger                                                                   
program.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Senator Hoffman  observed that  the intent  would be  for the                                                                   
Administration  to pay  the minimum  amount. Senator  Hoffman                                                                   
asserted that  the language  in the  first sentence  would be                                                                   
redundant. Senator Dyson continued his OBJECTION.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Hoffman  WITHDREW item  11  from the  motion.  There                                                                   
being NO  OBJECTION, it was so  ordered.  Rep  Chenault noted                                                                   
that Items 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 11 would remain open.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
4:28:11 PM                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND GAME                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator Hoffman MOVED to ADOPT the following items in the                                                                       
Fish and Game Department's budget: 1 -Senate. There being                                                                       
NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Chair Chenault noted that the Department of Fish and Game's                                                                     
budget would be closed.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Senator Hoffman  MOVED to  ADOPT the  following items  in the                                                                   
Health and Social  Services Department's budget: 1  - OPEN, 2                                                                   
-  Senate intent;  3  - House,  4 -  House,  5 -  House, 6  -                                                                   
House, 7 -  House, 8 Senate both  items, 9 - 11 -  OPEN, 12 -                                                                   
House  intent, 13  &  14 -  Senate,  15 -  House  both, 16  -                                                                   
House,  17, 20  & 22  OPEN,  18, 19  and  21 -  Senate, 22  -                                                                   
Senate, 23 & 24  - House, 25 - Senate, 26 - OPEN,  27 - House                                                                   
both items, 28  - House, 29 - OPEN, 30 -  Senate minus $75.o,                                                                   
31, 32,  & 33  - House,  34 & 35  - House,  36 - Senate  both                                                                   
items, 37  - House intent,  38 - House  numbers, 39  - Senate                                                                   
intent,  40 -  House both,  41 -  Senate, 42  - House  $212.1                                                                   
match and  the Senate on the second  item, 43 - Senate,  44 -                                                                   
Senate on both items, and 45 - House intent.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
4:32:42 PM                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Senator Dyson expressed  concern on 41 and 42  (Faith Based).                                                                   
Senator Hoffman  clarified that  Senate language  was adopted                                                                   
on  41. The  house  number of  $212.1  was  adopted with  the                                                                   
deletion of two  positions and the senate number  of $500 was                                                                   
adopted in 43.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Rep Chenault  noted that:  Items 1,  9, 10,  11, 17,  20, 22,                                                                   
26, and  29 would remain open.  There being NO  OBJECTION, it                                                                   
was so ordered.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
4:34:47 PM                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
LABOR AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Hoffman MOVED to leave open items: 1, 2, 3 and 6.                                                                       
He MOVED to ADOPT: 4 & 5 - House, and 7 - Senate intent.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Meyer stated  that he would like item  7 to remain                                                                   
open.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Senator Hoffman  revised his  motion to  reflect that  item 7                                                                   
would  remain  open. There  being  NO  OBJECTION, it  was  so                                                                   
ordered.   There  being  NO OBJECTION,  the  main motion  was                                                                   
adopted.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Senator Hoffman  MOVED to  ADOPT: 8 -  House, 9 -  both House                                                                   
numbers,  10 -  OPEN,  11  - Senate  minus  $25.0,  and 12  -                                                                   
Senate  minus $55.0.  There  being NO  OBJECTION,  it was  so                                                                   
ordered.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Chair  Chenault observed  that Items  1, 2,  3, 6,  7 and  10                                                                   
would remain open.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
4:36:23 PM                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
DEPARTMENT OF LAW                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Senator Hoffman MOVED to ADOPT the following items in the                                                                       
Law Department's budget: 1, 4 and 5 - OPEN, 2 - both Senate                                                                     
numbers, and 3 - House. There being NO OBJECTION, it was so                                                                     
ordered.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Chair Chenault observed that Items 1, 4 and 5 would remain                                                                      
open.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
4:37:04 PM                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MILITARY AND VETERANS AFFAIRS                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Senator Hoffman  MOVED to  ADOPT the  following items  in the                                                                   
Military  and Veterans  Affairs  Department's budget:  1 &  2                                                                   
OPEN, 3  & 4 House intent.  There being NO OBJECTION,  it was                                                                   
so ordered.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Chair  Chenault observed  that: Items  1 and  2 would  remain                                                                   
open.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
4:37:50 PM                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
NATURAL RESOURCES                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Senator Hoffman MOVED to ADOPT the following items in the                                                                       
Natural Resources Department's budget: Items 1 & 2 - House,                                                                     
3 - both House, 4 & 8 - OPEN, 5 - House, 6 - Senate both                                                                        
items, 7 - House intent, 9, 12, and 13 remain open, 10 -                                                                        
House, 11 - House intent, 14 - House, 15 - Senate both                                                                          
items. There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Chair Chenault observed that: Items 4 8, 9, 12, and 13                                                                          
would remain open.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
4:39:10 PM                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
PUBLIC SAFETY                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Senator Hoffman MOVED to ADOPT the following items in the                                                                       
Committee adopt the following items in the Public Safety                                                                        
Department's budget: 1 - Senate, 2 - House intent, 3 -                                                                          
Senate both items, 4 - OPEN, 5, 7, 9, 12 & 13 - OPEN, 6 -                                                                       
House intent, 8 - House, 10 - Senate, 11 - House.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Dyson expressed  concern  with the  process and  the                                                                   
lack  of input  afforded him.  Chair Chenault  noted that  he                                                                   
had  solicited  input  from  his  subcommittee  chairmen  and                                                                   
other members of the House.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
There being  NO OBJECTION, the  motion for the  Department of                                                                   
Public Safety was adopted as moved by Senator Hoffman.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Chair Chenault observed that: Items 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12 and                                                                      
13 would remain open.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
4:44:05 PM                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Senator Hoffman MOVED to ADOPT the following items in the                                                                       
Revenue Department's budget: 1 - Senate all three items, 2                                                                      
- Senate. There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Chair Chenault observed noted that the action closes                                                                            
Revenue.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND PUBLIC FACILITIES                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
The Department of Transportation and Public Facilities was                                                                      
not addressed.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
4:45:03 PM                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
ALASKA COURT                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Senator Hoffman MOVED to ADOPT the following items in the                                                                       
Alaska Court System Department's budget: 1 - House, 2 and 7                                                                     
- OPEN, 3 - House, 4 - Senate, 5 - Senate, 6 - Senate, 8 -                                                                      
House, 9 - Senate, 10 - House. There being NO OBJECTION, it                                                                     
was so ordered.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Chair Chenault noted that: Items 2 and 7 would remain open.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
4:46:34 PM                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
LEGISLATURE                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator Hoffman MOVED to ADOPT the following items in the                                                                       
Legislature's budget: 1 - Senate,  2 - Senate, 3 - Senate, 4                                                                    
- OPEN, 5 - House, 6 - Senate,  7 - Senate. He observed that                                                                    
all the lower numbers were taken.  There being NO OBJECTION,                                                                    
it was so ordered.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Chair Chenault observed that item 4 would remain open.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
4:47:51 PM                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
EXECUTIVE BRANCH EFFICIENCIES                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Senator Hoffman  MOVED to  ADOPT the  following items  on the                                                                   
Executive   Branch  Efficiencies   and  Spending   Reductions                                                                   
Sheet: 1  - Senate plus  $1667.2, 2 -  $41803.9, 3  - Senate.                                                                   
There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Chair Chenault noted that the Executive Branch Efficiencies                                                                     
were closed.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
4:48:49 PM                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
STATEWIDE                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Senator Hoffman MOVED to ADOPT the following items on the                                                                       
Statewide Sheet: 1 - Senate all three items, 2 - OPEN.                                                                          
There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Chair Chenault observed that Item 2 would remain open.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
4:49:47 PM                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MENTAL HEALTH BUDGET                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Senator Hoffman MOVED to ADOPT the following items in the                                                                       
Mental Health Budget: 1 - 6 House, 7 - Senate, 8, 9, 10, 11                                                                     
and 12 - House. There being NO OBJECTION, it was so                                                                             
ordered.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Chair Chenault observed that all items were closed in HB                                                                        
96.                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
4:50:50 PM                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Chair Chenault observed that future meetings would be                                                                           
noticed on BASIS.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
HB 95 and HB 92 were heard and HELD in Committee for                                                                            
further consideration.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
The meeting was adjourned at 4:51 PM                                                                                            

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