Legislature(1993 - 1994)

04/21/1994 10:00 AM FIN

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  CSSB 365(STA):      An Act  relating to  the improvement  of                 
                      state finances and fiscal accountability                 
                      by   increasing   fees,   by  collecting                 
                      additional revenue, by  reducing certain                 
                      program    expenditures   by    changing                 
                      services or eligibility requirements for                 
                      programs, by changing  certain statutory                 
                      limitation periods, by providing for use                 
                      of certain electronic records, by making                 
                      changes  to  state  agency functions  or                 
                      procedures  including certain  reporting                 
                      and   planning   procedures,    and   by                 
                      authorizing extensions for  state leases                 
                      for real property if certain savings can                 
                      be  achieved;  and   providing  for   an                 
                      effective date.                                          
                                                                               
                      Amendments   1   and  6   were  ADOPTED.                 
                      Amendments 2 and 3 were HELD.  Amendment                 
                      4  was ADOPTED  and  then the  committee                 
                      rescinded its action.   Juanita  Hensley                 
                      spoke  to  amendment  4.    Amendment  7                 
                      FAILED.  CSSB  365(FIN) was REPORTED out                 
                      of  committee  with  a  "do pass,"  zero                 
                      fiscal  notes  for  the   Department  of                 
                      Public  Safety  - Fire  Suppression, and                 
                      Driver    Services;    Depart-ment    of                 
                      Administration - Leasing; Office  of the                 
                      Governor; Department of Transportation &                 
                                                                               
                                                                               
                      Public    Facilities;    Department   of                 
                      Environmental  Conservation  -  Water  &                 
                      Waste;  Department  of Labor  - Workers'                 
                      Compensation; Department of  Corrections                 
                      - Inmate Health Care; Department of Law;                 
                      and two fiscal  notes for the Department                 
                      of Public Safety -  Troopers, Admin. for                 
                      $253.1  and  Troopers,  Detachments  for                 
                      $1,687.5.                                                
                                                                               
  CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 365(STA):                                             
                                                                               
       An Act relating  to the  improvement of state  finances                 
       and  fiscal  accountability   by  increasing  fees,  by                 
       collecting  additional  revenue,  by  reducing  certain                 
       program   expenditures   by   changing    services   or                 
       eligibility  requirements  for  programs,  by  changing                 
       certain statutory limitation periods,  by providing for                 
       use of certain electronic records, by making changes to                 
       state agency functions  or procedures including certain                 
       reporting and planning  procedures, and by  authorizing                 
       extensions  for  state  leases  for  real  property  if                 
       certain savings can  be achieved; and providing  for an                 
       effective date.                                                         
                                                                               
  Co-chair Pearce announced that CSSB 365(FIN) version "K" had                 
  been adopted on April 14 and was before the committee.                       
                                                                               
  SENATOR RIEGER MOVED amendment 1.  No objection being heard,                 
  amendment 1 was ADOPTED.                                                     
                                                                               
  Co-chair  Pearce announced,  with  concurrence from  Senator                 
  Sharp, that amendment 2 would not be offered.                                
                                                                               
  Co-chair Pearce announced amendment 3 by Senator Jacko would                 
                                                                               
                                                                               
  not fit  under the  present title.   Senator  Jacko was  not                 
  present at the time this amendment was discussed.  Amendment                 
  3 was HELD.                                                                  
                                                                               
  Co-chair Pearce announced  that amendment 4 was  proposed by                 
  the Department of  Public Safety relating to  farm vehicles.                 
  Senator Rieger MOVED amendment 4.  No objection being heard,                 
  amendment 4 was ADOPTED.                                                     
                                                                               
  SENATOR KERTTULA asked for clarification of amendment 4.                     
                                                                               
  JUANITA HENSLEY,  Chief, Driver Services, Division  of Motor                 
  Vehicles,  Department  of Public  Safety,  said amendment  4                 
  brought state statutes in compliance  with the federal Motor                 
  Vehicle Safety Act.   One  section of the  statue said  farm                 
  vehicles can move within  a 300-mile radius of the  farm and                 
  another  set said  it  can move  within  a 150-mile  radius.                 
  Federal law  mandated a  150-mile radius  so that  to be  in                 
  compliance, there  cannot be  any more  allowances over  the                 
  150-mile radius.  Senator Kerttula  said the 150-mile radius                 
  did not fit Delta to Anchorage or Delta to Homer but the 300                 
  mile radius did.  He opposed changing the statutes.                          
                                                                               
  Senator Kerttula MOVED to rescind  the adoption of amendment                 
  4.     Co-chair   Frank   raised  questions   about  federal                 
  compliance.  Ms.  Hensley said one  of the problems was  the                 
  statute  related to commercial-sized vehicles and there were                 
  safety concerns.  She  went on to say that if  the state did                 
  not come into  federal compliance, which was  tied to ISTEA,                 
  it  jeopardized federal highway  funds.  This non-compliance                 
  needed to be  cleared up so  Department of Transportation  &                 
  Public  Facilities did  not lose  10 percent of  its highway                 
  funds.  She said the federal government had put the state on                 
  notice that it was in non-compliance in  this area.  She did                 
  not know when the funds would be withheld.                                   
                                                                               
  In answer to  Co-chair Frank, Ms.  Hensley said the  federal                 
  government had  looked at  all statutes  and discovered  the                 
  discrepancy in two different statutes.                                       
                                                                               
  Co-chair Pearce called for a show of hands on the  motion to                 
  rescind the  adoption of  amendment 4.   No  objection being                 
  heard,  the  committee  RESCINDED  its  action  on  adopting                 
  amendment 4.                                                                 
                                                                               
  Senator  Rieger  proposed  amendment  5.    Co-chair  Pearce                 
  OBJECTED for discussion purposes.  She invited Randy Welker,                 
  Legislative Auditor, Legislative Audit Division, to join the                 
  committee at the table.  Senator Rieger said he was prepared                 
  to withdraw  the amendment since progress had been made with                 
  the  Department   of  Transportation  &   Public  Facilities                 
  regarding construction lists.                                                
                                                                               
  Co-chair Pearce, however,  asked Mr. Welker if he  wanted to                 
                                                                               
                                                                               
  speak to Section 25.  RANDY WELKER said he had been asked to                 
  look at two sections.  One  that dealt with extending leases                 
  to  achieve  savings,   and  the  other  allowing   a  small                 
  procurement code to apply to leases  under $5,000 month.  He                 
  felt both provisions were reasonable.                                        
                                                                               
  Co-chair Pearce confirmed  that amendment  5 was  withdrawn.                 
  Senator Rieger agreed.                                                       
                                                                               
  Co-chair  Pearce explained  the  provisions  of amendment  6                 
  which  would  require  the  Department  of  Transportation &                 
  Public Facilities to provide  the legislature a construction                 
  forecast and  proposed projects  list rather  than a  single                 
  appropriation.                                                               
                                                                               
  Senator Rieger MOVED amendment 6.  No objection being heard,                 
  amendment 6 was ADOPTED.                                                     
                                                                               
  CSSB 365(FIN) as amended was HELD until later in the meeting                 
  and the following action was taken.                                          
                                                                               
  Co-chair Pearce announced  that amendment 7 would  be before                 
  the committee.  Senator  Kelly MOVED amendment 7.   Co-chair                 
  Pearce OBJECTED for discussion purposes.  Senator Kelly said                 
  amendment  7 insured  that  Hillside residents  in Anchorage                 
  would pay something  for police protection.   Senator Rieger                 
  said he  was opposed  to the  language in  amendment 7.   He                 
  asked for a few  minutes to consider the amendment  since it                 
  was the first time he had seen it.                                           
                                                                               
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                        Reconvene 10:45am                                      
                                                                               
  Senator Rieger OBJECTED to amendment 7.  Co-chair Frank said                 
  he did not understand  the whole concept of the  problem but                 
  he  had  supported  amendment 1  with  assurance  that those                 
  troopers  would  be  paid  for  by the  Hillside  residents.                 
  Senator  Kelly maintained  that it  was not  clear that  the                 
  service  areas  would  vote  to  pay  for  troopers.    This                 
  amendment would force them to pay for police protection even                 
  if they did not vote to pay for troopers.                                    
                                                                               
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  Co-chair Pearce called for  a show of hands and  amendment 7                 
  FAILED to be ADOPTED.                                                        
                                                                               
  Co-chair Frank MOVED for  passage of SB 365 as  amended from                 
  committee.  Senators  Kelly and Kerttula OBJECTED.   Senator                 
  Kelly spoke  to his objections  regarding amendment 1.   Co-                 
  chair  Pearce  called for  a show  of  hands and  the motion                 
  carried on  a vote of  5 to 2  (Co-chairs Pearce and  Frank,                 
  Senators Sharp, Jacko, Rieger, were in favor, Senators Kelly                 
                                                                               
                                                                               
  and Kerttula were  opposed).  CSSB 365(FIN) was REPORTED out                 
  of committee with  a "do  pass," zero fiscal  notes for  the                 
  Department of Public  Safety - Fire Suppression,  and Driver                 
  Services; Department of Administration - Leasing; Office  of                 
  the  Governor;   Department  of   Transportation  &   Public                 
  Facilities; Department of Environmental Conservation - Water                 
  &  Waste;  Department  of  Labor  -  Workers'  Compensation;                 
  Department of Corrections -  Inmate Health Care;  Department                 
  of Law; and  two fiscal notes  for the Department of  Public                 
  Safety  -   Troopers,  Admin.   for  $253.1   and  Troopers,                 
  Detachments  for  $1,687.5.    Co-chairs  Pearce  and Frank,                 
  Senators Rieger and  Jacko signed "do pass,"  Senators Kelly                 
  and Kerttula signed "no not pass," and Senator Sharp  signed                 
  "no recommendation."                                                         
                                                                               

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