Legislature(2005 - 2006)BELTZ 211

02/24/2005 03:30 PM STATE AFFAIRS

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Heard & Held
Heard & Held
Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled
Moved CSSB 104(STA) Out of Committee
Moved SB 95 Out of Committee
                     SB 101-REVISOR'S BILL                                                                                  
CHAIR THERRIAULT announced SB 101 to be up for consideration.                                                                   
4:52:14 PM                                                                                                                    
JAMES  CRAWFORD, Legislative  Legal  Services assistant  revisor,                                                               
said the bill was prepared under  the authority and mandate of AS                                                               
01.05.036.  Under   this  provision,  the  revisors   review  the                                                               
statutes, identify any problems and propose solutions.                                                                          
The  work  focuses  on  three  areas:  to  improve  the  form  or                                                               
substance of the  law; address references to  provisions that are                                                               
no  longer complete  or up  to date;  and to  correct disconnects                                                               
between statutory language and legislative policy decisions.                                                                    
4:53:47 PM                                                                                                                    
MR. CRAWFORD  explained that because additional  suggestions were                                                               
made since SB 101 was  presented to the Joint Legislative Council                                                               
Committee he  decided to bring  those suggestions forward  with a                                                               
blank amendment G.1.                                                                                                            
The  first proposal  came from  the Department  of Law  and would                                                               
make an additional  correction to AS 13.26.332,  which is already                                                               
addressed in the bill.                                                                                                          
4:55:43 PM                                                                                                                    
The second  suggestion is  to further  change AS  16.43.460(b) to                                                               
provide conforming language.                                                                                                    
4:56:20 PM                                                                                                                    
The final  suggested change removes  Section 68  entirely because                                                               
it was unclear that the language reflected legislative intent.                                                                  
4:58:23 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  THERRIAULT remarked  he remembers  the original  change to                                                               
Section 68 and asked whether the prime sponsor was contacted.                                                                   
MR. CRAWFORD said that was Representative Fate.                                                                                 
CHAIR THERRIAULT agreed  with the decision to steer  clear of any                                                               
type of  policy call  then questioned whether  the bill  had been                                                               
heard in the House.                                                                                                             
MR. CRAWFORD said it had not.                                                                                                   
CHAIR  THERRIAULT  stated  his  intention   to  hold  SB  101  in                                                               
committee  to provide  an opportunity  to examine  its scope  and                                                               
encouraged members to review the bill.                                                                                          
SENATOR ELTON  referenced Section 25  and noted this  and several                                                               
other  sections  delete the  ability  of  schools to  enter  into                                                               
contractual agreements  with the Bureau of  Indian Affairs (BIA).                                                               
Although there are no more BIA  schools, he was curious about BIA                                                               
services  that  can be  provided  to  schools that  might  become                                                               
MR. CRAWFORD explained the revisor  review process. It includes a                                                               
review by  the Department of Law  (DOL) as well. DOL  agreed that                                                               
this was  an appropriate non-partisan, policy  neutral correction                                                               
for  the revisor's  bill.  That  being said,  he  was willing  to                                                               
revisit the  issue with  DOL. He emphasized  the bill  reflects a                                                               
best effort to  comply with statutory requirements,  but that the                                                               
revisors aren't wedded to any part of the bill.                                                                                 
CHAIR THERRIAULT asked whether any members objected to any of                                                                   
the latest suggestions for modification. Seeing no objection he                                                                 
announced a CS would be prepared for a subsequent hearing.                                                                      
CHAIR THERRIAULT set SB 101 aside for further work.                                                                             

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