Legislature(2005 - 2006)

04/26/2006 04:57 PM 365

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                        HB 365 / HB 366                                                                                       
                      CONFERENCE COMMITTEE                                                                                    
                         April 26, 2006                                                                                       
                           4:57 p.m.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                              
CALL TO ORDER                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Representative Chenault convened the meeting at approximately                                                                   
4:57:58 PM.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
PRESENT                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Senator Gary Wilken, Chair                                                                                                      
Representative Mike Chenault, Vice-Chair                                                                                        
Senator Lyda Green                                                                                                              
Representative Kevin Meyer                                                                                                      
Senator Lyman Hoffman                                                                                                           
Representative Reggie Joule                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Also Attending:  DAVID TEAL, Director, Division of Legislative                                                                
Finance                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Attending via Teleconference:  There were no teleconference                                                                   
participants.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SUMMARY INFORMATION                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
HB 365-APPROP: OPERATING BUDGET/LOANS/FUNDS                                                                                     
HB 366-APPROP: MENTAL HEALTH BUDGET                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
The  Conference Committee  appointed  its  chair and  vice-chair.                                                               
Items subject  to conference were  identified and  limited powers                                                               
were requested from  the President of the Senate  and the Speaker                                                               
of the House.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
4:58:24 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 365(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; making  appropriations for  state                                                               
     aid  to public  schools,  centralized correspondence  study,                                                               
     and  transportation   of  pupils;   and  providing   for  an                                                               
     effective date."                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     SENATE CS  FOR CS  FOR HOUSE BILL  NO. 365(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; making  appropriations for  state                                                               
     aid  to public  schools,  centralized correspondence  study,                                                               
     and  transportation   of  pupils;   and  providing   for  an                                                               
     effective date."                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     AND                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 366(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. 366(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."                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
This was the first hearing of the Conference Committee on HB 365                                                                
and HB 366.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
4:58:28 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Representative Chenault offered a motion to appoint Senator                                                                     
Wilken to serve as chairperson of the committee.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
There was no objection and the motion was ADOPTED.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken accepted the gavel and formally convened the                                                                    
meeting.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
4:58:42 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Chair Wilken offered a motion  to appoint Representative Chenault                                                               
as vice chairperson of the Committee.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
There was no objection and the motion was ADOPTED.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
4:59:08 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Chair Wilken  stated that both  the House of  Representatives and                                                               
the  Senate budget  process allowed  for  public testimony.  That                                                               
portion  of  the  process  was   now  concluded;  the  Conference                                                               
Committee would not be accepting public testimony.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Chair  Wilken  stated that  unless  invited  by the  Chair,  only                                                               
members  of   the  Conference  Committee   would  take   part  in                                                               
discussion or sit at the table.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Chair Wilken  stated that the Conference  Committee would operate                                                               
under  Rule 42  of the  Alaska State  Legislature Uniform  Rules.                                                               
Adopting  any  motion  or  taking  any  action  would  require  a                                                               
majority vote from each body.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Chair Wilken requested  a motion to adopt  all appropriations and                                                               
allocations  that  are identical  in  the  versions of  the  bill                                                               
passed  by  the  House  of   Representatives  and  Senate.  These                                                               
appropriations and allocations are listed as Category 1 items.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
5:00:06 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Representative   Chenault  offered   a   motion   to  adopt   all                                                               
appropriations and allocations in the  FY 07 Operating Budget and                                                               
Mental  Health  Budget  that  are   identical  in  the  House  of                                                               
Representatives and Senate versions of the bills.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
There were no objection and the motion was ADOPTED.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
5:00:26 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Chair Wilken  requested a  motion to  request limited  powers for                                                               
budget  allocations   for  which  differences  exist.   Lists  of                                                               
differences  between  the  House of  Representatives  and  Senate                                                               
versions  were  attached to  a  letter  addressed to  the  Senate                                                               
President  and  Speaker of  the  House  requesting these  limited                                                               
powers. The attachments include:                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     Category 2 items - differences in intent language                                                                          
     Category 3 items - substantial differences                                                                                 
     Differences in Mental Health Capital projects                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Representative   Chenault  offered   a   motion   to  adopt   the                                                               
aforementioned   letter  requesting   limited   powers  of   free                                                               
conference  for the  items on  the lists  attached to  the letter                                                               
before the members.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
There was no objection and the motion was ADOPTED.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
5:01:19 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Chair  Wilken provided  an explanation  of limited  powers. Under                                                               
limited powers  the Conference Committee  could adopt  any amount                                                               
between zero  and the higher  of the House of  Representatives or                                                               
Senate version of each item subject to conference.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Chair Wilken stated that the  Division of Legislative Finance has                                                               
been   directed  to   prepare  "motion   sheets"  itemizing   the                                                               
differences between the  two versions of the bills  that would be                                                               
the  subject  of Committee  discussions.  The  motion sheets  are                                                               
available at www.legfin.state.ak.us,  the Division of Legislative                                                             
Finance website.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Chair  Wilken  announced that  when  possible,  he would  provide                                                               
affected departments and  the Office of Management  and Budget 24                                                               
hour notice of meetings.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Chair Wilken adjourned the meeting at 5:02:56 PM                                                                              

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