Legislature(2001 - 2002)

04/11/2001 03:12 PM FIN

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     CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 103(FIN)(brf sup maj fld)                                                                            
     "An Act making appropriations for the operating and loan                                                                   
     program expenses  of state government,  for certain programs,                                                              
     and  to  capitalize funds;  and  providing  for an  effective                                                              
     date."                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 104(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                                                                                                                             
     SCS CSHB 103(FIN)(BRF SUP MAJ FLD S)                                                                                       
     "An  Act making  appropriations  for the  operating and  loan                                                              
     program expenses  of state government,  for certain programs,                                                              
     and  to  capitalize funds;  and  providing  for an  effective                                                              
     date."                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     SCS CSHB 104(FIN)(BRF SUP MAJ FLD S)                                                                                       
     "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."                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     HB 103 and HB 104 were HELD in Committee for further                                                                       
     consideration.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Senator Donley  MOVED to ADOPT Representative  Mulder as presiding                                                              
chair  of the  2001 budget  conference committee.  There  being NO                                                              
OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Representative Mulder MOVED to  ADOPT Senator Donley as vice-chair                                                              
of  the   2001  budget   conference  committee.  There   being  NO                                                              
OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Chair  Mulder  discussed meeting  times  and  noted that  meetings                                                              
would generally be between 3:00 to 5:00 PM.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                              
Chair  Mulder noted  that  the Conference  Committee will  operate                                                              
under  Uniform Rule 42.  Voting to  adopt any  motion or  take any                                                              
action before  the Committee  takes a majority  of members  and at                                                              
least two affirmative votes  from each body. If a budget component                                                              
has been closed,  it takes two votes from each body  to re open. A                                                              
copy of Uniform  Rule 42 and related legal  opinions were provided                                                              
to each member.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Hair  Mulder  clarified  that   only  members  of  the  Conference                                                              
Committee  may make motions,  take part  in discussion, or  sit at                                                              
the  table. He  indicated that  David Teal,  Director, Legislative                                                              
Finance Division would join  members at the table and be available                                                              
to answer questions.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
The Conference Committee may call members of the Legislature or                                                                 
other  witnesses to  answer  questions raised  by  members of  the                                                              
Conference Committee.  Testimony will  only be taken  upon request                                                              
of a Committee member and with approval of the Chair.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
 As in past Conference Committees, Legislative Finance has been                                                                 
directed to  prepare the  "motion sheets". These  sheets summarize                                                              
the differences between the two versions.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Chair Mulder noted that both the House and the Senate process                                                                   
allowed for public testimony.  That portion of the process has now                                                              
concluded  and  the Conference  Committee  will  not be  accepting                                                              
public testimony.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Donley MOVED to request limited powers of free conference                                                               
on the following specific points                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 103(FIN)(brf sup maj fld)                                                                            
     and                                                                                                                        
     SCS CSHB 103(FIN)(BRF SUP MAJ FLD S)                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
And                                                                                                                             
     CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 104(FIN)                                                                                             
     and                                                                                                                        
     SCS CSHB 104(FIN)(BRF SUP MAJ FLD S)                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     Categories I, II, and III, Mental Health Capital, Language                                                                 
     Sections.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Chair Mulder  explained that  under Limited Powers  the Conference                                                              
Committee can go  no higher than the highest number.  It can go as                                                              
low  as zero  or anywhere  in between.  Category I  contains items                                                              
where the  House and  Senate are the  same in  both appropriations                                                              
and intent (these  are not available for  conference). Category II                                                              
contains  items  where  the  House  and Senate  are  the  same  in                                                              
appropriation  amount but  different  in language  or Intent;  the                                                              
Conference Committee is free  to adopt either version of intent or                                                              
insert new  intent. Category  III contains  items where  the House                                                              
and Senate are different in  appropriation amount, language and/or                                                              
intent.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Chair Mulder  noted that  he would try  to give 24-hour  notice to                                                              
the departments directly or through 0MB.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
HB 103 and HB 104 were HELD in Committee for further                                                                            
consideration.                                                                                                                  

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