Legislature(2015 - 2016)SENATE FINANCE 532

03/20/2015 09:00 AM FINANCE

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09:02:26 AM Start
09:02:26 AM SB26
09:02:52 AM Overview: Fy 16 Budget Department of Public Safety
09:21:22 AM Overview: Fy 16 Budget Governor
09:30:18 AM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
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+= SB 26 Presentation: Overview FY17 Operating Budget TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+ Departments: Governor and Public Safety TELECONFERENCED
Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled
SENATE BILL NO. 26                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     "An  Act   making  appropriations,   including  capital                                                                    
     appropriations   and   other   appropriations;   making                                                                    
     appropriations to  capitalize funds; and  providing for                                                                    
     an effective date."                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
9:02:26 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
^OVERVIEW: FY 16 BUDGET DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:02:52 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
GARY  FOLGER,  COMMISSIONER,  DEPARTMENT  OF  PUBLIC  SAFETY                                                                    
(DPS),  introduced  himself  and  shared  that  he  felt  in                                                                    
partnership with the committee as  they worked on the budget                                                                    
process.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
KELLY   HOWELL,   DIRECTOR,   DIVISION   OF   ADMINISTRATIVE                                                                    
SERVICES,  DEPARTMENT   OF  PUBLIC  SAFETY,   discussed  the                                                                    
presentation  "Department of  Public  Safety Capital  Budget                                                                    
Overview" (copy  on file), and  related that  the department                                                                    
had three requests and one reappropriation.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Howell  addressed  slide 2,  "FY  2016  Capital  Budget                                                                    
Request":                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
    -Marine Fisheries Patrol Improvements: $1,200.0 Fed                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
     -Rental Assistance for Victims - Empowering Choice                                                                         
     Housing Program: $2,000.0 DGF                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     -Alaska   Domestic   Violence    and   Sexual   Assault                                                                    
     Intervention Program: $850.0 DGF                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     -Reappropriation for Body Worn Cameras and In-Car                                                                          
     Video Cameras: $350.0 UGF                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Howell  explained  that  the  Marine  Fisheries  Patrol                                                                    
Improvements request  was federal funds. She  furthered that                                                                    
it  was  an   annual  project  and  was  part   of  a  joint                                                                    
enforcement   agreement  with   National  Marine   Fisheries                                                                    
Service to primarily fund equipment  for the Alaska Wildlife                                                                    
Troopers. She added that it  also would fund four positions:                                                                    
a sergeant and administrative  assistant in Kodiak; a public                                                                    
safety  technician  in Dutch  Harbor,  and  a public  safety                                                                    
technician in Seward.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Howell spoke about two  project requests, the Empowering                                                                    
Choice Housing Program ($2 million)  and the Alaska Domestic                                                                    
Violence and  Sexual Assault  Intervention Program;  both of                                                                    
which  she   characterized  as  "pass-through"   funds.  She                                                                    
clarified that the two items  were placed in the budget, and                                                                    
were Designated  General Funds  (DGF) through  the Permanent                                                                    
Fund  Dividend  (PFD)  Criminal Fund.  She  noted  that  the                                                                    
previous day  the Alaska Housing Finance  Corporation (AHFC)                                                                    
had covered the housing  program request in its presentation                                                                    
to  the committee.  She specified  that  the department  had                                                                    
envisioned that the Council on  Domestic Violence and Sexual                                                                    
Assault (CDVSA),  which was administratively housed  by DPS,                                                                    
would  transfer  the  funds   to  AHFC  via  a  reimbursable                                                                    
services  agreement in  order to  continue providing  rental                                                                    
assistance  to  those  impacted  by  domestic  violence  and                                                                    
sexual assault.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Howell spoke to the  Alaska Domestic Violence and Sexual                                                                    
Assault  Intervention  Program  request  for  $850,000.  She                                                                    
enumerated that the program was  a collaboration between the                                                                    
Anchorage  Police  Department,   the  municipal  prosecutors                                                                    
office,  the  municipal  Department   of  Health  and  Human                                                                    
Services,  Abused Women's  Aid in  Crisis (AWAIC),  Standing                                                                    
Together Against Rape (STAR),  Victims for Justice, and both                                                                    
the Council and the Network  on Domestic Violence and Sexual                                                                    
Assault.  She  discussed  the   goal  of  reducing  domestic                                                                    
violence  in Alaska  by increasing  offender accountability,                                                                    
and  improving  victim safety.  She  added  that there  were                                                                    
multiple  services  funded  through   the  program;  at  the                                                                    
current time  the $850,000  funded about  45 percent  of the                                                                    
cost  of  the program,  with  the  municipality funding  the                                                                    
remaining portion through in-kind and cash matches.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
9:07:15 AM                                                                                                                    
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:09:06 AM                                                                                                                    
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Howell clarified  that the  programs receiving  funding                                                                    
were members of the Network  on Domestic Violence and Sexual                                                                    
Assault, and the  funds were not being  received or directed                                                                    
by the network.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Olson asked  if the  intervention program  had been                                                                    
funded  through  one-time  funding the  previous  year.  Ms.                                                                    
Howell stated  that her understanding  was that  the program                                                                    
was ongoing  and received  federal funding  directly through                                                                    
the Municipality of Anchorage.  Once the federal funding was                                                                    
expended, the  program began seeking other  funding sources.                                                                    
She   specified  that   they  had   received  funding   from                                                                    
Department of  Health and Social  Services (DHSS)  and other                                                                    
sources prior  to the upcoming  fiscal year.  She reiterated                                                                    
that  the municipality  provided some  support directly  and                                                                    
through personal  services (such as two  officers designated                                                                    
from the Anchorage Police Department).                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Olson  asked why  the  request  was placed  in  the                                                                    
capital budget  rather than the  operating budget if  it was                                                                    
not a  one-time appropriation. Ms. Howell  clarified that it                                                                    
was  not   a  department  initiated  request;   rather,  the                                                                    
administration   had  placed   the  two   programs  in   the                                                                    
department's  budget. She  furthered  that  the request  was                                                                    
placed in  the department's budget  for the reason  that the                                                                    
CDVSA was  one of the  agencies able to grant  funding using                                                                    
the PFD Criminal Funds.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:11:32 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Dunleavy  reflected that  under  AHFC  there was  a                                                                    
similar  program,  and  asked   why  the  programs  did  not                                                                    
collaborate or  combine efforts.  Ms. Howell  concurred that                                                                    
the previous  day AHFC had  presented the  Empowering Choice                                                                    
Housing Program,  which had historically been  placed in its                                                                    
budget;  however   the  administration  placed   the  rental                                                                    
assistance for  victims in  the DPS  budget to  continue the                                                                    
program  using PFD  Criminal Funds.  She  asserted that  DPS                                                                    
would continue to  work with AHFC in support  of the housing                                                                    
program as well as the  Village Public Safety Officer (VPSO)                                                                    
housing  program. She  advised  that  the department  worked                                                                    
very closely  in consultation with AHFC  for the communities                                                                    
that  were  receiving  funding   through  the  VPSO  housing                                                                    
program.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson  pointed out  that DPS,  along with  AHFC, was                                                                    
already supporting  some programs  (such as STAR)  and asked                                                                    
for clarification  as to how  the funding was  directed. Ms.                                                                    
Howell  explained  that  the funding  that  had  been  going                                                                    
directly to  the municipality of  Anchorage for  the program                                                                    
provided  more than  just direct  services  to victims.  She                                                                    
elaborated that  the program also  provided staff  to update                                                                    
the  public   safety  information  network   with  immediate                                                                    
information  on conditions  of  release,  which embodied  an                                                                    
offender  accountability  component   to  the  program.  She                                                                    
agreed to provide additional details if necessary.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson  expressed a desire for  additional details on                                                                    
the program.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:14:50 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Dunleavy  asked  if  the  Marine  Fisheries  Patrol                                                                    
improvements  request was  completely federally  funded. Ms.                                                                    
Howell responded in the affirmative.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Dunleavy asked  if  the  reappropriation (for  body                                                                    
worn cameras  and in-car video  cameras) was to  support the                                                                    
project, rather than a reappropriation  from that to another                                                                    
project. Ms.  Howell confirmed that the  reappropriation was                                                                    
from an existing capital appropriation  that was for a video                                                                    
conferencing project that had  been completed. She furthered                                                                    
that  the estimated  amount to  be  reappropriated would  be                                                                    
$350,000,  for the  purchase of  body-worn and  in-car video                                                                    
cameras for Alaska State Troopers.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon asked if $5,000  per unit was the average                                                                    
cost of  the in-car  video cameras.  Ms. Howell  shared that                                                                    
the estimated  cost of  body-worn cameras  was $500  to $700                                                                    
per unit.  She added  that the reappropriation,  in addition                                                                    
to being  for the cameras,  would cover the cost  of storage                                                                    
for the video files that would be generated.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon asked  if Ms.  Howell could  provide her                                                                    
office with  justification for the  high cost of  the in-car                                                                    
cameras at a later date.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
9:17:06 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Micciche  wondered if there was  an inconsistency                                                                    
with the number and price  of cameras. Ms. Howell reiterated                                                                    
that her notes indicated that  the cost of body-worn cameras                                                                    
to  be $500  o $700  per unit,  and the  cost of  the in-car                                                                    
video cameras  to be  $5,000 per  unit. She  reasserted that                                                                    
DPS would  provide additional  information to  the committee                                                                    
with regard  to cost  of the cameras,  and whether  the cost                                                                    
included installation and other components.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon reiterated  the  request for  additional                                                                    
information  regarding  the  Alaska  Domestic  Violence  and                                                                    
Sexual Assault  Intervention Program that Senator  Olson and                                                                    
Senator  Dunleavy had  asked about  earlier in  the meeting.                                                                    
She mused  that the program  may have been funded  from DHSS                                                                    
funds that were being "swept"  in the previous year, thereby                                                                    
not appearing  in the current  year's operating  budget. She                                                                    
added  that it  appeared  as  if the  program  should be  an                                                                    
operating budget item. She asked  for a follow-up on the use                                                                    
of  the  felon dollars,  to  make  certain they  were  being                                                                    
appropriately  utilized  within   DPS.  She  reiterated  the                                                                    
request for follow-up on the cost of the cameras.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
9:19:08 AM                                                                                                                    
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:21:14 AM                                                                                                                    
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
^OVERVIEW: FY 16 BUDGET GOVERNOR                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
9:21:22 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
GUY    BELL,    ADMINISTRATIVE   DIRECTOR,    DIVISION    OF                                                                    
ADMINISTRATIVE  SERVICES,  OFFICE  OF THE  GOVERNOR,  stated                                                                    
that there  was one $500,000  request in the  capital budget                                                                    
(RN  AMD 60745);  and the  money  would be  used to  advance                                                                    
Alaska's Arctic policy. Mr. Bell  stressed the importance of                                                                    
the  timing  of the  request,  as  the United  States  would                                                                    
assume  the  two-year  chairmanship  of  the  multi-national                                                                    
arctic council  in April.  Mr. Bell  maintained that  due to                                                                    
the  work   of  the   legislature  and  the   Arctic  Policy                                                                    
Commission, the state had taken  major steps toward defining                                                                    
and  articulating its  Arctic  interests.  He asserted  that                                                                    
through the  project, the administration hoped  to work with                                                                    
the  legislature  and  the commission  to  advance  Alaska's                                                                    
Arctic  interests by  educating  and  informing the  council                                                                    
members as well as participating  in the work of the council                                                                    
and other  Arctic-associated groups. He specified  that that                                                                    
money would be used to  enable a closer working relationship                                                                    
with the legislature's Special Committee  on the Arctic, and                                                                    
enumerated other expenditures from  the document "GOV Budget                                                                    
Justification Narrative - 500K Arctic" (copy on file):                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
   · cover travel for state officials to participate in the                                                                     
     numerous Arctic meetings and symposia over the next                                                                        
     two to three years                                                                                                         
   · enable participation in Senior Arctic Official and                                                                         
     Arctic Council Working Group meetings at which                                                                             
     national policies are formulated                                                                                           
   · establish and coordinate a host committee for Arctic                                                                       
     Council activities                                                                                                         
   · enable participation in activities of the Northern                                                                         
     Forum                                                                                                                      
   · evaluate and set the framework for a public outreach                                                                       
     campaign on Arctic issues                                                                                                  
   · determine whether Alaska should host the Arctic                                                                            
     Economic Council Secretariat                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
9:24:23 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CRAIG  FLEENER,   ARCTIC  POLICY  ADVISOR,  OFFICE   OF  THE                                                                    
GOVERNOR  (via  teleconference),  described the  shaping  of                                                                    
Arctic policy to be a  monumental undertaking and emphasized                                                                    
the importance  for Alaska.  He discussed  his participation                                                                    
in the  Arctic Council ten  years prior, when the  state had                                                                    
little to no involvement. He  stressed the importance of the                                                                    
opportunity for  Alaska to help  shape Arctic  policy rather                                                                    
than  solely  the  federal   government.  He  mentioned  the                                                                    
potential exclusion  of many important  issues to  the state                                                                    
(infrastructure,  economic  diversification, food  security,                                                                    
communications, reducing  energy costs,  arctic sovereignty,                                                                    
gasline  construction,  navigation,  etc.)  by  the  federal                                                                    
government as it shaped Arctic policy.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Senator   Dunleavy   mentioned    the   Citizens'   Advisory                                                                    
Commission  on  Federal  Areas  (CACFA)  and  asked  if  Mr.                                                                    
Fleener had observed any  complimentary approaches or cross-                                                                    
over  with the  commission. Mr.  Fleener thought  that there                                                                    
was  always opportunity  to work  in the  same direction  as                                                                    
CACFA. He related  that had attended as  many CACFA meetings                                                                    
as possible  and appreciated the  work that it had  done. He                                                                    
stated that he  was unaware of any Arctic  activities by the                                                                    
commission; nor activities with  the state department, which                                                                    
did  not work  domestically.  He thought  CACFA's focus  had                                                                    
been on federal  land units in Alaska, such  as the National                                                                    
Park   Service  or   Environmental  Protection   Agency.  He                                                                    
surmised that  arctic policy had  been outside the  scope of                                                                    
authority  of CACFA,  but expressed  a  willingness to  work                                                                    
with the commission.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:27:45 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon  asked if  Mr.  Bell  could provide  the                                                                    
committee  with explicit  line items  detailing expenditures                                                                    
of  the  budget   request.  Mr.  Bell  stated   he  had  the                                                                    
information and would provide it to the committee members.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Senator Bishop  expressed an interest in  further discussing                                                                    
the  Secretariat  organization [host  committee  coordinator                                                                    
for the Arctic Council]. Mr.  Fleener stated he was happy to                                                                    
engage in the discussion at a later date.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Senator Dunleavy  asked if this  was a one-time  request, or                                                                    
was it anticipated  to be an ongoing funding  need. Mr. Bell                                                                    
stated that it was a one-time request.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon  commented  that the  back-up  documents                                                                    
demonstrated two years' worth of planning.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
032015 DPS Capital Budget Overview.pdf SFIN 3/20/2015 9:00:00 AM
SB 26