Legislature(2015 - 2016)

03/11/2016 03:56 PM FIN


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SENATE BILL NO. 139                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     "An  Act making  appropriations for  the operating  and                                                                    
     loan  program  expenses  of state  government  and  for                                                                    
     certain    programs,    capitalizing   funds,    making                                                                    
     reappropriations,  making supplemental  appropriations,                                                                    
     and making  appropriations under  art. IX,  sec. 17(c),                                                                    
     Constitution  of   the  State   of  Alaska,   from  the                                                                    
     constitutional budget  reserve fund; and  providing for                                                                    
     an effective date."                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 140                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     "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."                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
3:57:37 PM                                                                                                                    
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3:58:44 PM                                                                                                                    
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3:59:12 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon MOVED to ADOPT Amendment 22 (copy on                                                                         
file):                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     DEPARTMENT: Corrections                                                                                                    
     APPROPRIATION: Administration and Support                                                                                  
     ALLOCATION: Office of the Commissioner                                                                                     
    DELETE: $164,500 Unrestricted General Funds (1044)                                                                          
    POSITIONS: Delete 1 PFT Public Information Officer                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     DEPARTMENT: Education & Early Development                                                                                  
     APPROPRIATION: Teaching and Learning Support                                                                               
     ALLOCATION: Student and School Achievement                                                                                 
    DELETE: $13 8,400 Unrestricted General Funds (1004)                                                                         
     POSITIONS: Delete 1 PFT Information Officer III                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     DEPARTMENT: Environmental Conservation                                                                                     
     APPROPRIATION: Administration                                                                                              
     ALLOCATION: Office of the Commissioner                                                                                     
     DELETE: $6,500 Unrestricted General Funds (1004)                                                                           
     POSITIONS: Delete 1 PFT Information Officer III                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     DEPARTMENT: Health & Social Services                                                                                       
     APPROPRIATION: Departmental Support Services                                                                               
     ALLOCATION: Public Affairs                                                                                                 
    DELETE: $52,000 Unrestricted General Funds (I 004)                                                                          
     POSITIONS: Delete 1 PFT Information Officer III                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     DEPARTMENT: Natural Resources                                                                                              
     APPROPRIATION: Oil & Gas                                                                                                   
     ALLOCATION: Oil & Gas                                                                                                      
     POSITIONS: Delete I PFT Information Officer III                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     DEPARTMENT: Public Safety                                                                                                  
     APPROPRIATION: Alaska State Troopers                                                                                       
     ALLOCATION: AST Detachments                                                                                                
    DELETE: $157,300 Unrestricted General Funds (1004)                                                                          
     POSITIONS: Delete 1 PFT Information Officer III                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     DEPARTMENT: Transportation & Public Facilities                                                                             
     APPROPRIATION: Administration and Support                                                                                  
     ALLOCATION: Central Support Services                                                                                       
     POSITIONS: Delete l PFT Information Officer III                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     DEPARTMENT: Transportation & Public Facilities                                                                             
     APPROPRIATION: Administration and Support                                                                                  
     ALLOCATION: Northern Support Services                                                                                      
     POSITIONS: Delete 1 PFT Information Officer III                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     ADD INTENT LANGUAGE:                                                                                                       
     It is the intent of the legislature that the duties                                                                        
     performed by the deleted Information Officers are                                                                          
     absorbed within the Office of the Governor.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     EXPLANATION:                                                                                                             
     This amendment deletes eight Information Officer III                                                                       
     positions and $518, 700 Unrestricted General Funds                                                                         
     (1004) from various agencies.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Kelly OBJECTED for DISCUSSION.                                                                                         
JAMES ARMSTRONG, STAFF, SENATOR  PETE KELLY, stated that the                                                                    
committee must address Amendment 20.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon MOVED  to RESCIND  the  action to  adopt                                                                    
Amendment 20.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Micciche OBJECTED for DISCUSSION.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
3:59:57 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Kelly  explained the  rescinding of  the amendment.                                                                    
He stated  that the amendment  included PCN numbers,  but it                                                                    
was  not  the intention  to  eliminate  PCN numbers  in  the                                                                    
budget, rather it was related to the separation of powers.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
4:00:33 PM                                                                                                                    
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RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon MOVED  to ADOPT  Amendment  22 (copy  on                                                                    
file).                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Micciche OBJECTED.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
A roll call vote was taken on the motion.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
IN FAVOR: Hoffman, Micciche, Olson, Kelly, Bishop, Dunleavy                                                                     
OPPOSED: None                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
The  MOTION   PASSED  (7/0).   There  being   NO  OBJECTION,                                                                    
Amendment 22 was adopted.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Kelly  explained the  anticipated schedule  for the                                                                    
upcoming weekend.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
4:02:34 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon MOVED  to ADOPT  Amendment  23 (copy  on                                                                    
file):                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     DEPARTMENT: Administration                                                                                                 
     DELETE  INTENT  LANGUAGE:  At  the  discretion  of  the                                                                    
     Commissioner  of the  Department of  Administration, up                                                                    
     to $750,000  may be transferred  between appropriations                                                                    
     within  the  Department  of Administration.  A  written                                                                    
     report  documenting  all  transfers  of  funds  between                                                                    
     appropriations shall be provided  to the legislature by                                                                    
     January 31, 2017.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     DEPARTMENT: Education and Early Development                                                                                
     DELETE  INTENT  LANGUAGE:  At  the  discretion  of  the                                                                    
     Commissioner of  the Department of Education  and Early                                                                    
     Development, up to $500,000  may be transferred between                                                                    
     appropriations within  the Department of  Education and                                                                    
     Early  Development. A  written  report documenting  all                                                                    
     transfers  of  funds  between appropriations  shall  be                                                                    
     provided to the Legislature by January 31, 2017.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     EXPLANATION:  This  amendment deletes  intent  language                                                                    
     within  the   Department  of  Administration   and  the                                                                    
     Department Education and Early Development.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Kelly OBJECTED for discussion.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Armstrong explained Amendment 23.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Kelly WITHDREW his objection. There being NO                                                                           
OBJECTION, Amendment 23 was adopted.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
4:03:34 PM                                                                                                                    
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4:04:39 PM                                                                                                                    
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Co-Chair MacKinnon MOVED to ADOPT Amendment 24 (copy on                                                                         
file):                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     DEPARTMENT: Commerce Community & Economic Development                                                                      
     APPROPRIATION: Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute                                                                          
     ALLOCATION: Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute                                                                             
     ADD: $1,028,500 General Fund Match (I 003)                                                                                 
     EXPLANATION:   This  amendment   restores  the   Alaska                                                                    
     Seafood Marketing Institute's  General Fund Match (UGF)                                                                    
     to the FYI 7 Governor's requested level of $3,428,400.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     DEPARTMENT: Commerce, Community & Economic Development                                                                     
     APPROPRIATION: Tourism Marketing & Development                                                                             
     ALLOCATION: Tourism Marketing                                                                                              
     ADD: $2,129,000 Unrestricted General Funds (1004)                                                                          
     EXPLANATION: This amendment restores Tourism Marketing                                                                     
     Unrestricted General Funds (UGF) to the FYI 7                                                                              
     Governor's requested level of $4,528,900.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Senator Dunleavy OBJECTED for discussion.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Senator Hoffman explained Amendment 24.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Kelly  explained that  the  amendment  was a  41.7                                                                    
percent reduction  to the previous year's  number, which was                                                                    
a  $3.5 million  cut to  tourism marketing.  He queried  the                                                                    
reduction to the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI)                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Senator Hoffman replied that they were each reduced by 30                                                                       
percent.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
4:05:51 PM                                                                                                                    
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Senator Dunleavy MAINTAINED his OBJECTION.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
A roll call vote was taken on the motion.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
IN FAVOR: Hoffman, Olson, Bishop, Kelly                                                                                         
OPPOSED: Dunleavy, Micciche, MacKinnon                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
The MOTION PASSED (4/3). There being NO further OBJECTION,                                                                      
Amendment 24 was ADOPTED.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
4:06:48 PM                                                                                                                    
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4:08:51 PM                                                                                                                    
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Vice-Chair   Micciche   MOVED    to   ADOPT   Amendment   25                                                                    
29GS2740\W.7, Wallace, 3/10/16 (copy on file):                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
     Page 75, lines 22 - 23:                                                                                                    
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     Reletter the following subsections accordingly.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     Page 81, line I:                                                                                                           
     Delete "secs. l l(e), l 9(a), 23(d), 230), and 24(c)"                                                                      
     Insert "secs. l l(e), 19(a), 23(d), and 23(j)"                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
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     Delete "secs. 11 (e), l 9(a), 23(d), 23(j), and 24(c)"                                                                     
     Insert "secs. l l(e), I 9(a), 23(d), and 23(j)"                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
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     Delete "Sections  l l(e), l 9(a),  23(d), 23(j), 24(c),                                                                    
     30, and 32(b)"                                                                                                             
     Insert "Sections  l l(e), l9(a), 23(d),  23(j), 30, and                                                                  
     32(b)"                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Armstrong explained Amendment 25.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Kelly remarked that it was important to include                                                                        
this, and similar amendments in understanding the                                                                               
transferring of money.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Micciche MOVED to ADOPT Amendment 26, 29-                                                                            
GS2740\W.12, Wallace, 3/11/16 (copy on file):                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Delete "$75,205,117"                                                                                                       
     Insert "$99, 166,576"                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     Page 77, lines 15 - 21:                                                                                                    
     Delete all material and insert:                                                                                            
     "(b) The  sum of $116,699,959 is  appropriated from the                                                                    
     general fund  to the  Department of  Administration for                                                                    
     deposit  in the  defined  benefit plan  account in  the                                                                    
     teachers  retirement  system  as  an  additional  state                                                                    
     contribution  under AS  14.25.085 for  the fiscal  year                                                                    
     ending June 30, 2017."                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon OBJECTED for discussion.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Armstrong explained Amendment 26.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon WITHDREW her OBJECTION. There being NO                                                                       
further OBJECTION, Amendment 26 was ADOPTED.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
4:11:43 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Micciche MOVED to ADOPT Amendment 27, 29-                                                                            
GS2740\W.14, Wallace, 3/11/16 (copy on file):                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Delete "23(o)"                                                                                                             
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     "(h) The amount necessary to  fund the total amount for                                                                    
     the  fiscal year  ending June  30, 2017,  of state  aid                                                                    
     calculated  under  the  public school  funding  formula                                                                    
     under  AS 14.17.41  O(b  ), estimated  to  be $I,  163,                                                                    
     984,500, is  appropriated from the general  fund to the                                                                    
     public education fund(AS14.17.300)."                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     Page 73, linesl9-20:                                                                                                       
     Delete all material.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     Reletter the following subsections accordingly.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
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    Delete "secs. 1l(e),19(a), 23(d), 23(j), and 24(c)"                                                                         
     Insert "secs. l l(e), 19(a), 23(d), and24(c)"                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
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     Delete "secs. 11 (e), l 9(a), 23(d), 23(j), and 24(c)"                                                                     
     Insert "secs. l l(e), 19(a), 23(d), and 24(c)"                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
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     Delete "Sections  11 (e), l 9(a),  23(d), 23(j), 24(c),                                                                    
     30, and 32(b)"                                                                                                             
     Insert "Sections 11 (e), I  9(a), 23(d), 24(c), 30, and                                                                    
     32(b)"                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon OBJECTED for discussion.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Armstrong explained Amendment 27.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon REMOVED her OBJECTION. There being NO                                                                        
further OBJECTION, Amendment 27 was ADOPTED.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
4:12:36 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon MOVED to ADOPT Amendment 28, 29-                                                                             
GS2740\W.13, Wallace, 3/11/16 (copy on file):                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Page 77, following line 14:                                                                                                
     Insert a new subsection to read:                                                                                           
     "(b) The  sum of $114,000,000 is  appropriated from the                                                                    
     general fund  to the  Department of  Administration for                                                                    
     deposit  in the  defined  benefit plan  account in  the                                                                    
     public  employees' retirement  system as  an additional                                                                    
     state contribution for the fiscal  year ending June 30,                                                                    
     2017."                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     Reletter the following subsections accordingly.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     Page 77, following line 21:                                                                                                
     Insert a new subsection to read:                                                                                           
     "(d) The  sum of $228,000,000 is  appropriated from the                                                                    
     general fund  to the  Department of  Administration for                                                                    
     deposit  in the  defined  benefit plan  account in  the                                                                    
     teachers'  retirement  system  as an  additional  state                                                                    
     contribution  for  the  fiscal  year  ending  June  30,                                                                    
     2017."                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     Reletter the following subsections accordingly.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     Page 81, line 4:                                                                                                           
     Delete "sec. 29 of this Act takes effect"                                                                                  
     Insert "secs.  25(b), 25(d),  and 29  of this  Act take                                                                    
     effect"                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
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    Insert "secs. 25(b), 25(d), and 29 of this Act are"                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
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     Insert "Sections 25(b), 25(d), 29, 32(a), and 32(c)"                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Kelly OBJECTED for discussion.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Armstrong explained the amendment.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Kelly remarked that there was an anticipation of                                                                       
getting nearly $20 million in savings over several years                                                                        
from the amendment.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Armstrong shared that the savings was only an estimate.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Kelly WITHDREW his OBJECTION. There being NO                                                                           
further OBJECTION, Amendment 28 was adopted.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
4:13:59 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon MOVED to ADOPT Amendment 29 (copy on                                                                         
file):                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     DELETE:                                                                                                                    
    Language section 9(c) under Alaska Permanent Fund.                                                                          
     Page 60, lines I 0-14                                                                                                      
     Delete all material.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     REPEAL                                                                                                                     
     Ch 23, SLA 2015, Section l l(b)                                                                                            
     Page 67, lines 12-16                                                                                                       
     Delete all material.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     EXPLANATION:                                                                                                               
     This amendment deletes the FYI 7 inflation proofing                                                                        
     appropriation and repeals the FYI 6 inflation proofing                                                                     
     appropriation for the Alaska Permanent Fund.                                                                               
     • FY16 inflation proofing is estimated to be $47                                                                           
     million                                                                                                                    
     • FYI 7 inflation proofing is estimated to be $896                                                                         
     million                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator Dunleavy OBJECTED for DISCUSSION.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Armstrong explained the amendment.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Kelly stated that the governor's bill included the                                                                     
amendment, the house inserted it, so now it would be a                                                                          
conferenceable item.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
4:14:47 PM                                                                                                                    
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Co-Chair Kelly  explained that there  was a deposit  made in                                                                    
the year  prior intended  for inflation proofing.  He stated                                                                    
that the  state was  going into  an inflationary  period. He                                                                    
stated  that the  FY 17  estimate was  much higher  than the                                                                    
year prior.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Senator Dunleavy wondered if there  was an estimate that the                                                                    
corpus would meet or exceed  the current inflation rate. Co-                                                                    
Chair  Kelly   replied  that  the  deposits   were  made  to                                                                    
inflation-proof the fund.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Dunleavy WITHDREW  his  OBJECTION.  There being  NO                                                                    
further OBJECTION, Amendment 29 was ADOPTED.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
4:16:51 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon MOVED  to ADOPT  Amendment  30 (copy  on                                                                    
file):                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     PART A                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     Add the following wordage to the section 1 lead-in                                                                         
     text (page 1 following line 6):                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
          At the  discretion of the  head of  each executive                                                                    
          branch  agency,   up  to   five  percent   of  the                                                                    
          unrestricted  general funds  appropriated to  each                                                                    
          agency  for FY20  I 7  may be  transferred between                                                                    
          appropriations within each agency.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
          It  is  the intent  of  the  legislature that  the                                                                    
          Office of  Management and  Budget submit  a report                                                                    
          of transfers between  appropriations that occurred                                                                    
          in the first  half of FY2017 by  January 30, 2017,                                                                    
          and a  report of transfers  in the second  half of                                                                    
          FY2017,  by  October 1,  2017,  to  the House  and                                                                    
          Senate  Finance  Committees  and  the  Legislative                                                                    
          Finance Division.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     Explanation:  To  provide   some  flexibility,  part  A                                                                    
     allows  for the  transfer of  up  to 5  percent of  the                                                                    
     department's  UGF  between  appropriations  within  the                                                                    
     departments.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     PART B                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     DEPARTMENT:    Executive     Branch-wide    Unallocated                                                                    
     Appropriations                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     APPROPRIATION: Executive Branch-wide Unallocated                                                                           
     ALLOCATION: Branch-Wide Unallocated                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     DELETE: $100,000,000 Gen Funds (I 004)                                                                                     
     EXPLANATION: Part B is a $100 million unallocated                                                                          
     reduction to be spread throughout executive branch                                                                         
     agencies.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Kelly  OBJECTED for  discussion. He  explained that                                                                    
the amendment  would be  a $100  million reduction.  He felt                                                                    
that the  amendment should be  considered a  "place holder",                                                                    
because  there were  many pieces  that were  required before                                                                    
the reduction  could occur. He  remarked that  the amendment                                                                    
allowed   for    the   governor   flexibility    to   adjust                                                                    
appropriations.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
4:18:00 PM                                                                                                                    
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Co-Chair Kelly clarified that  it appropriations would occur                                                                    
within departments.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Kelly  REMOVED  his   OBJECTION.  There  being  NO                                                                    
further OBJECTION, Amendment 30 was adopted.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Kelly looked at Amendment  28, and remarked that it                                                                    
was a deposit to the  PERS/TRS capitalization. He noted that                                                                    
it may be  a $16 million to $20  million spending reduction.                                                                    
He queried the actuarial analyses on the amendment.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Micciche wondered why  the amendment did not show                                                                    
an increase in spending.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
4:21:39 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DAVID   TEAL,   DIRECTOR,  LEGISLATIVE   FINANCE   DIVISION,                                                                    
explained that  the FY 16  money was not intended  to reduce                                                                    
FY 17 spending. He stressed that the amendment was an                                                                           
appropriated reduction.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Micciche felt that Amendment 28 had some                                                                             
potential for misunderstanding.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
4:22:44 PM                                                                                                                    
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4:34:39 PM                                                                                                                    
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4:34:58 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Kelly thanked the committee staff.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SB 139 was HEARD and HELD in committee for further                                                                              
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SB 140 was HEARD and HELD in committee for further                                                                              
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
4:37:15 PM                                                                                                                    
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