Legislature(2003 - 2004)

05/09/2003 04:17 PM 075

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                  23RD ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                 
                           1ST SESSION                                                                                          
                HOUSE SENATE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE                                                                               
                           HB 75/HB 76                                                                                          
                           MAY 9, 2003                                                                                          
                            4:17 P.M.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
TAPE CC75 03 - 2, SIDE A                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CALL TO ORDER                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Chair Harris called the Conference Committee meeting to order at                                                                
4:17 p.m.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
PRESENT                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
House:                                                                                                                          
Representative John Harris, Char                                                                                                
Representative Bill Williams, Member                                                                                            
Representative Beth Kerttula, Member [for Rep. Croft]                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Senate:                                                                                                                         
Senator Lyda Green, Vice-Chair                                                                                                  
Senator Gary Wilken, Member                                                                                                     
Senator Lyman Hoffman, Member                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Senator Lyman Hoffman                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
ALSO PRESENT                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
David Teal, Director, Legislative Finance Division; Cheryl                                                                      
Frasca, Director, Division of Management & Budget, Office of the                                                                
Governor                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SUMMARY                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     CS FOR SS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 75(FIN) am(brf sup maj fld)                                                                   
     "An Act making appropriations for the operating and loan                                                                   
     program expenses of state government, for certain programs,                                                                
     and to capitalize funds; and providing for an effective                                                                    
     date."                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     SENATE CS FOR CS FOR SS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 75(FIN)(brf sup                                                                 
     maj fld S)                                                                                                                 
     "An Act making appropriations for the operating and loan                                                                   
     program expenses of state government, for certain programs,                                                                
     and to capitalize funds; and providing for an effective                                                                    
     date."                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
and                                                                                                                             
     CS FOR SPONSOR SUBSTITUTE FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 76(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."                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     SENATE CS FOR CS FOR SS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 76(FIN) am S                                                                    
     "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."                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     HB 75 and HB 76 were HELD in Committee for further                                                                         
     consideration.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     Department of Administration                                                                                               
     Department of Community and Economic Development                                                                           
     Department of Environmental Conservation                                                                                   
     Department of Natural Resources,                                                                                           
     Department of Public Safety                                                                                                
     Legislature                                                                                                                
Senator  Green MOVED  TO ADOPT the  proposed conference  committee                                                              
amounts for the Department  of Administration (see motion sheets).                                                              
Intent language  was not  included in the  motion. There  being NO                                                              
OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Green MOVED  TO ADOPT the  proposed conference  committee                                                              
amounts for the Department of Community and Economic Development                                                                
(see motion sheets). There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Green MOVED  TO ADOPT the  proposed conference  committee                                                              
amounts for the Department of Environmental Conservation (see                                                                   
motion sheets). There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Green MOVED  TO ADOPT the  proposed conference  committee                                                              
amounts for the Department of Natural Resources (see motion                                                                     
sheets). Intent language was not included in the motion. There                                                                  
being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Senator Green MOVED TO ADOPT the proposed conference committee                                                                  
amounts for the  Department of Public Safety  (see motion sheets).                                                              
Intent language was not included in the motion.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
DAVID TEAL, DIRECTOR, LEGISLATIVE FINANCE DIVISION clarified that                                                               
the House action relates to items  3 and 4. The difference between                                                              
these items is  $280 thousand, which is the same  as between items                                                              
7 and 8.  These are transfers. Number  9 is a general  fund cut of                                                              
$280  thousand. This  amount was  transferred from  village public                                                              
safety officers to marine enforcement.  There is no real impact in                                                              
terms  of  the  bottom  line.   The  Senate  approach  would  take                                                              
interagency  receipts from the  Department of  Fish and  Game. The                                                              
intent   is  to   keep  the   [Woldstatd   and  Stimson]   vessels                                                              
operational.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator Green MOVED TO ADOPT the proposed conference committee                                                                  
amounts for  the Legislature (see  motion sheets). There  being NO                                                              
OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Chair Harris pointed out that item number 3 under the Department                                                                
of Administration  is not intent language. Senator  Green MOVED to                                                              
ADOPT the House numbers minus $100 for item 3.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Senator Hoffman noted that Alaska Public Officers Commission was                                                                
eliminated  in the  Senate.  He observed  that  the House  numbers                                                              
would be below  the previous year's budget and  questioned how the                                                              
Commission would be able to operate.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Chair Harris observed that legislation is pending which would                                                                   
provide the  additional funding  needed. Senator Green  noted that                                                              
there is also funding in the Lieutenant Governor's budget.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Teal explained that the Governor's budget reduced the item                                                                  
[Alaska  Public Officers  Commission] by  $500 thousand,  but $200                                                              
thousand was  transferred to  the Lieutenant Governor's  Office to                                                              
maintain some  functions. He explained that because  the House and                                                              
Senate budgets  both included the  transfer it cannot  be included                                                              
in conference.  The money must be moved  to APOC administratively.                                                              
If  more money  were required  it would  go into  the fiscal  note                                                              
accompanying the legislation pertaining to APOC [SB 119}.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                    
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
The meeting was adjourned at 4:30 p.m.                                                                                          

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