Legislature(2017 - 2018)SENATE FINANCE 532

04/10/2018 01:30 PM FINANCE

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01:39:59 PM Start
01:40:19 PM HB285 || HB286
02:31:57 PM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
-- Recessed to 2:15 p.m. --
+= HB 285 APPROP: MENTAL HEALTH BUDGET TELECONFERENCED
Moved SCS CSHB 285(FIN) Out of Committee
+= HB 286 APPROP: OPERATING BUDGET/LOANS/FUNDS TELECONFERENCED
Moved SCS CSHB 286(FIN) Out of Committee
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 285(FIN)                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     "An  Act making  appropriations  for  the operating  and                                                                   
     capital    expenses    of   the    state's    integrated                                                                   
     comprehensive mental  health program; and  providing for                                                                   
     an effective date."                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 286(FIN) am(brf sup maj fld)(efd fld)                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     "An  Act making  appropriations  for  the operating  and                                                                   
     loan  program  expenses  of  state  government  and  for                                                                   
     certain    programs;   capitalizing   funds;    amending                                                                   
     appropriations;       and      making       supplemental                                                                   
     appropriations."                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
1:40:19 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Hoffman stated  that  the committee  would take  up                                                                   
proposed amendments and pass the bill from committee.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Senator von Imhof MOVED to ADOPT Amendment 1:                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     DEPARTMENT: Alaska Department of Fish and Game                                                                             
     APPROPRIATION: Sport Fisheries                                                                                             
     ALLOCATION: Sport Fisheries                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     ADD: Add  $150,000 in  one-time only  funding from  1223                                                                   
     Commercial Charter Fisheries RLF.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     DELETE: N/A                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     POSITIONS: N/A                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     EXPLANATION:   Continue  to  support  the sport  fishing                                                                   
     business  and  guide  logbook  and  vessel  registration                                                                   
     program  for  six months  in  case the  Saltwater  Guide                                                                   
     License Fee  sunsets on December 31, 2018.  This support                                                                   
     allows  the program  to continue  operating while  ADF&G                                                                   
     seeks  the  removal  of  the sunset  date  by  the  31st                                                                   
     Legislature.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Hoffman OBJECTED for discussion.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Senator von  Imhof explained  that currently  a log  book was                                                                   
required  by all  sports fish  charter  guide operators.  She                                                                   
stated  that all  daily trips  must  be reported  in the  log                                                                   
book, and  the book was given  to the Department of  Fish and                                                                   
Game  (DFG). She  shared that  DFG  used the  data to  manage                                                                   
sports fishing  in Alaska.  The data was  given to  the Board                                                                   
of  Fisheries to  restrict or  liberalize  limits. The  North                                                                   
Pacific  Fisheries  Management  Council  used  the  data  for                                                                   
halibut management.  She explained  that the amendment  would                                                                   
keep the program until the end of the following year.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon  asked for  confirmation  that  it was  a                                                                   
one-time increment.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Senator von Imhof replied in the affirmative.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Hoffman  WITHDREW  his OBJECTION.  There  being  NO                                                                   
further  OBJECTION,  it  was  so  ordered.  Amendment  1  was                                                                   
ADOPTED.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Senator Micciche MOVED to ADOPT Amendment 2:                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     DEPARTMENT: Administration                                                                                                 
     APPROPRIATION: Centralized Administrative Services                                                                         
     ALLOCATION: Labor Relations                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     ADD  INTENT:  Alaska  is  facing  an  increasing  crisis                                                                   
     regarding  the  recruitment   and  retention  of  Alaska                                                                   
     State Troopers.  It is the intent of the  legislature to                                                                   
     encourage  the Department  of  Administration to  review                                                                   
     and  adjust   as  needed  contracts  for   Alaska  State                                                                   
     Troopers   to   ensure    successful   recruitment   and                                                                   
     retention to  meet the Department's mission  in ensuring                                                                   
     the public safety of Alaskans.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     EXPLANATION:  In  recent  years  a  concern  was  voiced                                                                   
     regarding Trooper recruitment and retention levels. A                                                                      
     report  was requested by  the legislature  in the  FYI 8                                                                   
     budget process  to identify the underlying  causes. This                                                                   
     intent language  addresses the primary  issue identified                                                                   
     in the report.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Hoffman OBJECTED for discussion.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Senator Micciche discussed the amendment.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Hoffman  WITHDREW  his OBJECTION.  There  being  NO                                                                   
further  OBJECTION,  it  was  so  ordered.  Amendment  2  was                                                                   
ADOPTED.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:44:32 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson MOVED to ADOPT Amendment 3:                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     DEPARTMENT: Public Safety                                                                                                  
     APPROPRIATION: Fire and Life Safety                                                                                        
     ALLOCATION: Fire and Life Safety                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     ADD:                                                                                                                       
     $75,000 1004 Gen Fund (UGF)                                                                                                
     $125,000 1005 GF/Prgm(DGF)                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     EXPLANATION:   Building     inspection     and     rural                                                                   
     firefighter training.   This item was in  the Governor's                                                                   
     budget, and  is important  for the communities  in rural                                                                   
     Alaska   because  of   the  problems   they  have   with                                                                   
     maintaining  public buildings  and with fires.  Properly                                                                   
     funding   the   inspections  of   schools,   businesses,                                                                   
     hospitals,  churches  and  other  buildings  is  also  a                                                                   
     crucial component of protecting these assets.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Hoffman OBJECTED for discussion.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson explained the amendment. He recalled the last                                                                     
large fire in his district was in Hooper Bay and resulted                                                                       
in the addition of the money.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Hoffman MAINTAINED his OBJECTION.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon noted that the item was in the                                                                               
governor's budget. She wondered whether it was contained in                                                                     
the budget from the other body.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson replied in the negative.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
A roll call vote was taken on the motion.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
IN FAVOR: Olson                                                                                                                 
OPPOSED: Bishop, Micciche, Stevens, Von Imhof, Hoffman,                                                                         
MacKinnon                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
The MOTION FAILED (1/6).                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson MOVED to ADOPT Amendment 4:                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     DEPARTMENT: Public Safety                                                                                                  
     APPROPRIATION: Village Public Safety Officer Program                                                                       
     ALLOCATION: Village Public Safety Officer Program                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     ADD: $1,500,000 1004 Gen Fund (UGF)                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     EXPLANATION:   This  funding, if approved, will  be used                                                                   
     to improve  law enforcement access to  rural communities                                                                   
     by  Alaska State Troopers  (AST)  and by Village  Public                                                                   
     Safety  Officers  (VPSOs).  With  the shortage  of  both                                                                   
     ASTs  and VPSOs,  adding  the  travel funds  will  allow                                                                   
     existing  positions  to  go  where they  are  needed  in                                                                   
     rural Alaska.  ASTs and VPSOs  have had  severe problems                                                                   
     with  recruitment  and retention,  which  has left  many                                                                   
     villages without  any public protection. So  these funds                                                                   
     will  allow  for  travel  to villages  that  need  those                                                                   
     services,  and   will  improve  the  response   time  to                                                                   
     emergency  calls;  which   will  enhance  the  level  of                                                                   
     service  provided and  thus the level  of public  safety                                                                   
     in rural Alaska.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     ADD LEGISLATIVE INTENT:   Village Public Safety  Officer                                                                   
     Program Appropriation                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     It is the  intent of the legislature that  the amount of                                                                   
     $1,500,000   be   used   only  for   travel   to   rural                                                                   
     communities  by VPSOs  or Alaska  State Troopers.  It is                                                                   
     also the intent  of the legislature that  the Department                                                                   
     support  VPSO  contractors'  efforts to  provide  public                                                                   
     safety   services  to   the   maximum  geographic   area                                                                   
     surrounding their duty station.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     EXPLANATION:   The   provision  of   public  safety   in                                                                   
     remote  rural Alaska  comes with  challenges related  to                                                                   
     distance.  VPSO  rovers   and  travel  from  village  to                                                                   
     village provides  a significantly broader reach  for the                                                                   
     Department.   The  intent  is   to  ensure   that  these                                                                   
     additional  funds are  used only  for travel and  travel                                                                   
     related  costs to rural  communities, to ensure  greater                                                                   
     public  safety in  rural Alaska  where distance  creates                                                                   
     challenges and  there are problems with  recruitment and                                                                   
   retention of VPSOs to provide public safety services.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Hoffman OBJECTED for discussion.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson discussed the amendment.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Senator Micciche stated he would offer a conceptual                                                                             
amendment to Amendment 4.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
1:49:13 PM                                                                                                                    
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:51:25 PM                                                                                                                    
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Hoffman informed that Senator Olson //                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
1:51:51 PM                                                                                                                    
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:15:16 PM                                                                                                                    
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair   Hoffman   reminded    that   the   committee   was                                                                   
considering Amendment 4.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Micciche MOVED  to ADOPT Conceptual  Amendment  1 to                                                                   
Amendment 4. The  conceptual amendment proposed  a $1 million                                                                   
reduction,  with   the  remaining  $500,000  as   a  one-time                                                                   
increment.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Hoffman   asked  if  all  members   understood  the                                                                   
motion.  The   members  acknowledged  understanding   of  the                                                                   
motion.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
There  being NO  OBJECTION,  it  was so  ordered.  Conceptual                                                                   
Amendment 1 was ADOPTED.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Hoffman  asked if there was objection  to the motion                                                                   
to pass  Amendment 4  as amended.  There being NO  OBJECTION,                                                                   
it was  so ordered. Amendment  4 was ADOPTED  as conceptually                                                                   
amended.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson MOVED to ADOPT Amendment 5:                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     DEPARTMENT:   Department    of   Education   and   Early                                                                   
     Development                                                                                                                
     APPROPRIATION: Educational Support and Administrative                                                                      
     Services                                                                                                                   
     ALLOCATION: Student and School Support and Achievement                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     ADD: $97,800, UGF, 1004                                                                                                    
     DELETE: IncoTI, $97,800, UGF, 1004                                                                                         
     POSITIONS: ADD: 1 PFT position                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     EXPLANATION:  DEED is  having a  difficult time  filling                                                                   
     the  position because  it is  temporary. This  amendment                                                                   
     would   make  the   requested   data  analyst   position                                                                   
     permanent, allowing DEED to move forward with filling                                                                      
     the position for data collection, analysis, and                                                                            
     reporting.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Hoffman OBJECTED for discussion.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Olson   explained  the  amendment.   [Senator  Olson                                                                   
erroneously discussed  the explanation for Amendment  6 while                                                                   
the  committee was  considering  Amendment  5. The  committee                                                                   
later decided  to proceed  with its  action on the  amendment                                                                   
despite the error.]                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson continued to discuss Amendment 5.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Hoffman MAINTAINED his OBJECTION.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
A roll call vote was taken on the motion.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
IN FAVOR: Olson                                                                                                                 
OPPOSED:  Micciche, Stevens,  von  Imhof, Bishop,  MacKinnon,                                                                   
Hoffman                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
The MOTION FAILED (1/6).                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
2:19:13 PM                                                                                                                    
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:20:39 PM                                                                                                                    
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson MOVED to ADOPT Amendment 6.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Hoffman OBJECTED for discussion.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson  explained that  he had mistakenly  offered the                                                                   
explanation   for   Amendment   6  during   the   committee's                                                                   
consideration of Amendment 5.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
2:21:21 PM                                                                                                                    
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:22:10 PM                                                                                                                    
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Hoffman MAINTAINED  his OBJECTION  to Amendment  6.                                                                   
He stated  that the  budget gave half  of what was  requested                                                                   
in the  governor's proposed budget,  and the House  had fully                                                                   
funded the item.  The item was conferencable  at the expected                                                                   
budget conference committee.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
A roll call vote was taken on the motion.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
IN FAVOR: Olson                                                                                                                 
OPPOSED:  Micciche, Stevens,  von  Imhof, Bishop,  MacKinnon,                                                                   
Hoffman                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
The MOTION FAILED (1/7).                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Hoffman   clarified  that  he  had   mis-spoken  on                                                                   
Amendment 3, which was in the House budget.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon lauded the  actions of Co-Chair Hoffman.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair  Bishop  MOVED  to give  the  Legislative  Finance                                                                   
Division and Legislative  Legal Services the ability  to make                                                                   
technical  and conforming  changes to  SCS CSHB  285 and  SCS                                                                   
CSSB 286. There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Hoffman  asked his  staff to  comment on  changes to                                                                   
SCS CSHB 285.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
2:25:04 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PETE  ECKLUND,  STAFF,  SENATOR LYMAN  HOFFMAN,  stated  that                                                                   
there  had  a  been tradition  that  one  body  removed  four                                                                   
projects and  kept one  in their budget,  and the  other body                                                                   
did  the  opposite,  resulting   in  every  project  becoming                                                                   
conferencable.  He   pointed  out  that  the   Mental  Health                                                                   
Essential  Program Equipment  for  $500,000  was included  in                                                                   
the budget.  He remarked that  there were five  other capital                                                                   
projects removed  in the other body's version  that would all                                                                   
be conferencable.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon  asked if  it was four  or five  that were                                                                   
removed.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Ecklund had  received a report from LFD  that listed five                                                                   
programs.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Hoffman   informed  that   the  committee   of  the                                                                   
process. He thanked  committee members for the  work within a                                                                   
concentrated   time  period  to   complete  the   budget.  He                                                                   
recognized that staff had worked on the budget.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Hoffman thanked  LFD for working on the  budget.  He                                                                   
referenced  the $2.5 billion  deficit  and thought it  needed                                                                   
to be addressed  in addition to the services.  He stated that                                                                   
the committee  was still  working with the  other body  on HB                                                                   
287, and it was  the intention of the Senate  to come to some                                                                   
conclusion on the  early funding of education.  He reiterated                                                                   
that  the budget  did not  have  education funding  contained                                                                   
within the bill, as was normally done.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
2:29:10 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Bishop  MOVED to report  SCS CSHB 286(FIN)  out of                                                                   
Committee with individual recommendations.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
A roll call vote was taken on the motion.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
IN FAVOR: Micciche,   Olson,  Stevens,  Von   Imhof,  Bishop,                                                                   
MacKinnon, Hoffman                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
OPPOSED: NONE                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
The MOTION PASSED (7/0).                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Bishop  MOVED to report  SCS CSHB 285(FIN)  out of                                                                   
Committee with individual recommendations.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
A roll call vote was taken on the motion.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
IN FAVOR: Micciche,   Olson,  Stevens,  Von   Imhof,  Bishop,                                                                   
MacKinnon, Hoffman                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
OPPOSED: NONE                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
The MOTION PASSED (7/0).                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon expressed  gratitude for  the efforts  on                                                                   
the budget.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Hoffman discussed committee business.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SCS CSHB  286(FIN) was REPORTED  out of committee with  a "do                                                                   
pass" recommendation.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
SCS CSHB  285(FIN) was REPORTED  out of committee with  a "do                                                                   
pass" recommendation.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HB 285 ABADA AMHB budget letter to Senate Finance.pdf SFIN 4/10/2018 1:30:00 PM
HB 285
HB 286 Amendment 5 Olson.pdf SFIN 4/10/2018 1:30:00 PM
HB 286
HB 286 Amendment 4 Olson.pdf SFIN 4/10/2018 1:30:00 PM
HB 286
HB 286 Amendment 6 Olson.pdf SFIN 4/10/2018 1:30:00 PM
HB 286
HB 286 Amendment 1 von Imhof.pdf SFIN 4/10/2018 1:30:00 PM
HB 286
HB 286 Amendment 3 Olson.pdf SFIN 4/10/2018 1:30:00 PM
HB 286
HB 286 Amendment 2 Micchiche.pdf SFIN 4/10/2018 1:30:00 PM
HB 286