Legislature(2001 - 2002)

04/06/2001 11:58 AM RLS

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* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
CHAIRWOMAN  PEARCE  announced that  HB  104-APPROP:   MENTAL  HEALTH                                                        
BUDGET was before the committee.                                                                                            
SENATOR ELLIS moved to adopt Amendment 1.                                                                                       
SENATOR THERRIAULT objected.                                                                                                    
SENATOR  ELLIS  said his  previous  arguments  apply because  it  is                                                            
necessary  to  amend  both  bills  to  reverse  the  Senate  Finance                                                            
Committee  plan to  fund the  DHSS  budget from  the constitutional                                                             
budget  reserve, rather  than the  general fund.   He believes  this                                                            
funding  approach  carries  the ideological  debate  about  abortion                                                            
between the various  branches of government to an  extreme. He would                                                            
hope all legislators  could express their opinions  on that volatile                                                            
subject  without  getting into  this  battle with  the  courts.   He                                                            
believes a  judge should decide a  case on the Constitution  and the                                                            
facts of the  case, not because of  a threat that a department  will                                                            
be shut down.                                                                                                                   
A  roll call  vote  was  taken.   Senator  Ellis  voted  "yea,"  and                                                            
Senators Therriault, Phillips  and Pearce voted "nay," therefore the                                                            
motion to adopt Amendment 1 to CSHB 104(FIN) failed.                                                                            
SENATOR THERRIAULT  moved  to calendar all  Senate versions  of CSHB
104(FIN) with individual recommendations.                                                                                       
SENATOR   ELLIS  objected.   The   motion  carried   with   Senators                                                            
Therriault,  Phillips and  Pearce  voting "yea,"  and Senator  Ellis                                                            
voting "nay."                                                                                                                   

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