Legislature(2015 - 2016)BUTROVICH 205
03/24/2016 09:00 AM STATE AFFAIRS
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SCR 16-SPECIAL SESSION TO BE HELD ON ROAD SYSTEM 9:46:05 AM CHAIR STOLTZE announced the consideration of SCR 16. 9:46:17 AM At ease. 9:47:52 AM CHAIR STOLTZE called the meeting back to order. 9:48:09 AM SENATOR HUGGINS moved to adopt the CS for SCR 16, version [29- LS0906\W], as the working document. CHAIR STOLTZE objected for discussion purposes. 9:48:19 AM DANIEL GEORGE, Staff, Senator Stoltze, Alaska State Legislature, Juneau, Alaska, explained that the CS would update the resolution to reflect any special session that might be called after adjournment of the second session of the 29th Legislature. He summarized that SCR 16 would simply advise where a special session would be held. 9:49:04 AM CHAIR STOLTZE removed his objection and announced that hearing no objection, the CS was adopted. CHAIR STOLTZE set forth that SCR 15 was very specific to date, time, and circumstances. He affirmed that SCR 15 was not a legislative move. He affirmed that he has been an advocate in moving the capitol, but reiterated that the resolution was specific to the circumstances regarding the building's remodeling for safety and seismic improvements. He stated the he did not want the Legislature to interfere with the capitol's construction company in completing the project on time. He noted that the capitol's remodel had a performance bond to finish the project in excess of $5 million. He summarized that spring and summer housing becomes an issue in Juneau due to tourism, the special session would be in a location that was closer to where most Alaskans live, and meeting in Anchorage would be less expensive for a very special circumstance. 9:55:09 AM SENATOR HUGGINS remarked that he seconded Chair Stoltze's words. He explained that the governor intends to call a special session to address his proposal to take the people's money through taxation. He stated that he would rather hear directly from his neighbors and noted that his constituents have overwhelmingly told him that they opposed an income tax. He asserted that he adamantly opposed an income tax based upon feedback and his natural instincts. He summarized that the business of how much a special session costs in Juneau versus Anchorage was almost irrelevant if the numbers were close because the subject matter pertained to taking people's money. SENATOR COGHILL stated that he supported the resolution. He said special sessions were unique because topics are narrowed down to a few issues. He remarked that one of the general population's hidden taxes was the lack of accessibility to Juneau due to expense. He said the general population really depends upon sending their representatives, lobbyists, and groups to Juneau. He asserted that allowing people to use the Southcentral road system to let their voices be heard during the special session was important. He added that retrofitting the capitol was also a pressure point for holding the special session in Juneau. 9:59:25 AM CHAIR STOLTZE noted that in 2015, the senator from Juneau was complaining about commissioners not being in Anchorage and noted that he said, "Teleconferences are fine, but there is no substitute for face-to-face." He said he was sure the senator regrets his statement, but he remarked that you cannot have arguments both ways. CHAIR STOLTZE stated that SCR 16 was not a complicated measure, but noted that the perception of a capitol move would unnecessarily divide people philosophically and geographically. He explained that the resolution was carefully crafted with a lot of consideration to specifically address special circumstances. He admitted that 99.9 percent of his constituents would not attend legislative proceedings because they are busy. He said constituents expect legislators to exercise their good judgement and reach out to them when there were important things. He stated that his motives would be reassigned and assessed because of his record. He asserted that SCR 16 was a vehicle specific to circumstances for the two legislative bodies to come together and deliberate what was in the best interest of the treasury and the people of Alaska. 10:03:19 AM SENATOR HUGGINS moved to report the CS for SCR 16(STA), [29- LS0906\W], from committee [with individual recommendations and attached fiscal note]. 10:03:31 AM CHAIR STOLTZE announced that seeing no objection, CSSJR 16(STA) moves from committee.