Legislature(2005 - 2006)

05/07/2006 06:34 PM 365

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06:34:15 PM Start
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                            MINUTES                                                                                           
                        HB 365 / HB 366                                                                                       
                      CONFERENCE COMMITTEE                                                                                    
                          May 7, 2006                                                                                         
                           6:34 p.m.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                              
CALL TO ORDER                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Chair Gary  Wilken convened the meeting  at approximately 6:34:15                                                             
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 Committee  reached agreements on items  subject to conference                                                               
for the  Department of  Corrections, the  Department of  Fish and                                                               
Game,  the   Department  of  Health  and   Social  Services,  the                                                               
Department of Labor and Workforce  Development, the Department of                                                               
Military  and   Veterans  Affairs,  the  Department   of  Natural                                                               
Resources,  the Department  of Public  Safety, the  Department of                                                               
Transportation and  Public Facilities, the University  of Alaska,                                                               
Fund  Capitalization,  Debt  Service, the  Language  Section  and                                                               
Fiscal Notes. The bills were reported from Committee.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
6:34:20 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."                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     SENATE CS FOR 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 seventh hearing of the Conference Committee on HB                                                                  
365 and HB 366.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
[NOTE: "Motion Sheets" detailing the Budget Request Units (BRU),                                                                
referred to as "items" in Committee discussions, are on file.]                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
6:35:01 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Department of Corrections                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Representative Chenault offered a motion to rescind the                                                                         
Committee's earlier action in closing Item 3.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
There was no objection and the action was RESCINDED.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Representative Chenault offered a motion to adopt the Senate                                                                    
version of Items 3, 4, 13 and 21.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
There was no objection and the indicated amounts were ADOPTED.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
This concluded action on the items subject to conference for the                                                                
Department of Corrections.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
6:36:27 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Department of Fish and Game                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Representative Chenault offered a motion to rescind the                                                                         
Committee's earlier actions on Items 16, 18, 19, 21 and 27.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
There was no objection and the actions were RESCINDED.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Representative Chenault offered a motion to adopt the following.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     The  House  of  Representatives  version  plus  $300,000  of                                                               
     general funds and the House  of Representatives version less                                                               
     $300,000 of  Commercial Fisheries Entry  Commission Receipts                                                               
     for Item 3;                                                                                                                
     The Senate  version of Federal  Receipts and  Test Fisheries                                                               
     Receipts, and  the House of Representatives  version general                                                               
     funds for Item 4;                                                                                                          
     The Senate version of Test  Fisheries Receipts and the House                                                               
    of Representatives version of general funds for Item 7;                                                                     
     The Senate version of Test  Fisheries Receipts and the House                                                               
    of Representatives version of general funds for Item 8;                                                                     
     The Senate version of Test  Fisheries Receipts and the House                                                               
    of Representatives version of general funds for Item 9;                                                                     
     The Senate version less $300,000 of Item 10;                                                                               
     The  Senate   version  of  Federal   Receipts,  Inter/Agency                                                               
     Receipts,  and Fish  and Game  Non-Dedicated Funds,  and the                                                               
     House of  Representatives version of general  funds for Item                                                               
     12;                                                                                                                        
     The Senate version  less $197,500 of general  funds, and the                                                               
     House  of Representatives  version of  Federal Receipts  and                                                               
     Fish and Game Funds for Item 16;                                                                                           
     The Senate  version less $56,400  of general funds,  and the                                                               
     House  of  Representatives   version  of  Federal  Receipts,                                                               
     Inter/Agency   Receipts,  Fish   and  Game   Funds,  Capital                                                               
     Improvement  Projects  Receipts,  and  Statutory  Designated                                                               
     Program Receipts for Item 18;                                                                                              
     The  Senate version  less $2,000  of general  funds and  the                                                               
     House of Representatives version of  Fish and Game Funds for                                                               
     Item 19;                                                                                                                   
     The Senate  version less  $26,100 of  general funds  and the                                                               
     House  of  Representatives   version  of  Federal  Receipts,                                                               
     Inter/Agency Receipts,  Exxon Valdez  Trust Funds,  Fish and                                                               
     Game Funds,  and Statutory  Designated Program  Receipts for                                                               
     Item 21;                                                                                                                   
     The Senate version of Item 23; and                                                                                         
     The  House  of  Representatives  version  less  $125,000  of                                                               
     general funds and the House  of Representatives version plus                                                               
     $125,000 for Item 27                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
AT EASE TO 6:38:07 PM                                                                                                         
AT EASE TO 6:41:41 PM                                                                                                         
AT EASE TO 6:43:42 PM                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
There was no objection and the indicated amounts were ADOPTED.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
This concluded actions on the items subject to conference for                                                                   
the Department of Fish and Game.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
6:44:41 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Department of Health and Social Services                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Representative Chenault offered a motion to adopt the House of                                                                  
Representatives version less $250,000 of Item 35.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
There was no objection and the indicated amount was ADOPTED.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
This concluded action on items subject to conference for the                                                                    
Department of Health and Social Services.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
6:45:23 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Department of Labor and Workforce Development                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Representative Chenault  offered a motion  to adopt the  House of                                                               
Representatives version less $1,050,000 of Item 9.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
There was no objection and the indicated amounts were ADOPTED.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
This concluded  actions on  the items  subject to  conference for                                                               
the Department of Labor and Workforce Development.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
6:45:59 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Department of Military and Veterans Affairs                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Chenault offered  a  motion to  adopt the  Senate                                                               
version of Item 4.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Joule   asked  if   sufficient  funds   would  be                                                               
available for this appropriation.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken answered in the affirmative.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
There was no objection and the indicated amounts were ADOPTED.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
This concluded  actions on  the items  subject to  conference for                                                               
the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
6:46:56 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Department of Natural Resources                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Chenault offered  a  motion to  adopt the  Senate                                                               
version of  Item 7, and  the Senate  version of State  Land Funds                                                               
and  Investment Loss  Trust Funds,  and the  Senate version  less                                                               
$433,700  of   general  funds  for  the   Department  of  Natural                                                               
Resources.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
There was no objection and the amounts indicated were ADOPTED.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
This concluded  actions on  items subject  to conference  for the                                                               
Department of Natural Resources.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
6:47:53 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Department of Public Safety                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Chenault offered  a  motion to  adopt the  Senate                                                               
version of Items 6 through 8 and  10 through 12, and the House of                                                               
Representatives version of Item 9.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Senator Hoffman objected to adoption of Items 6 and 10.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Chair  Wilken  explained that  the  motion  sheet does  not  show                                                               
language pertinent to  Item 6 that would allow  the Department to                                                               
carry  forward the  $550,000 FY  06 lapse  funds for  the Village                                                               
Public Safety  Officers (VPSO) program.  With regard to  Item 10,                                                               
the Department is  anticipating $5 million in  federal funding to                                                               
be  utilized for  the  Council on  Domestic  Violence and  Sexual                                                               
Assault   program.  The   funding  from   these  sources   should                                                               
adequately fund the two programs.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Hoffman removed his objection.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Representative Joule,  referring to Item  7 relating to  the VPSO                                                               
program,  asked how  it would  be funded  if the  $550,000 FY  06                                                               
lapsed funds were appropriated to Item 6.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken  noted that  Items 6 and  7 are  interrelated and                                                               
that the lapse funding would apply to both.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
There was no objection and the amounts indicated were ADOPTED.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
This concluded  actions on  items subject  to conference  for the                                                               
Department of Public Safety.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
6:51:27 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Department of Transportation and Public Facilities                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Chenault offered  a  motion to  adopt the  Senate                                                               
version of Items  15, 19, 22, 25,  31 through 34 and  36, and the                                                               
House of Representatives version of Items 8, 21, 35, 37 and 38.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
There was no objection and the amounts indicated were ADOPTED.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
This concluded  actions on  items subject  to conference  for the                                                               
Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
6:53:34 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
University of Alaska                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Chenault offered  a  motion to  adopt the  Senate                                                               
version of Items 1 through 3.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
There was no objection and the amounts indicated were ADOPTED.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
This concluded  actions on  items subject  to conference  for the                                                               
University of Alaska.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
6:54:26 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Fund Capitalization                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Chenault offered  a  motion to  adopt the  Senate                                                               
version  of Items  1  and  2, and  the  House of  Representatives                                                               
version of Item 3.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
There was no objection and the amounts indicated were ADOPTED.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
This concluded action on items  subject to conference relating to                                                               
Fund Capitalization.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
6:54:57 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Debt Service                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Chenault offered  a  motion to  adopt the  Senate                                                               
version on Items 1 through 3.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
There was no objection and the amounts indicated were ADOPTED.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
This concluded action on items  subject to conference relating to                                                               
Debt Service.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
AT EASE 6:55:55 PM                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
6:56:16 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Language Section                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Representative Chenault offered a motion to adopt the following.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     The Senate version less "and in sec. 1 of the Act making                                                                   
     appropriations for the state's integrated comprehensive                                                                    
     mental health program," of Item 1;                                                                                         
     The New language of Item 2;                                                                                                
     The Senate language less "and in sec. 1 of the Act making                                                                  
     appropriations for the state's integrated comprehensive                                                                    
     mental health program" of Item 3;                                                                                          
     The New language of Item 4; and                                                                                            
     The House of Representatives version of Item 6;                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
There was no objection and the indicated language was ADOPTED.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
This  concluded action  on  items subject  to  conference in  the                                                               
Language Section.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
6:58:36 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Mental Health Capital                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Chenault offered  a  motion to  adopt the  Senate                                                               
version of  Item 6, and  the House of Representatives  version of                                                               
Items 1 through 5 and 7 through 10.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
There was no objection and the indicated amounts were ADOPTED.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
This concluded action on items  subject to conference relating to                                                               
Mental Health Capital.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
7:00:22 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Fiscal Notes                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Chenault offered  a  motion to  adopt the  fiscal                                                               
note  appropriations indicated  on  the  spreadsheet titled,  "FY                                                               
2007 Fiscal Notes", dated 5/7/06 5:18PM.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Wilken   objected  to   provide  an  overview   of  the                                                               
appropriations as described on the spreadsheet.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
7:01:41 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Representative Meyer asked the status of HB 13.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken informed that the  bill had passed the Senate and                                                               
that reconsideration notice had been given.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
There was no objection and the indicated amounts were ADOPTED.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
This concluded action on items subject to conference relating to                                                                
Fiscal Notes.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
7:04:04 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Representative Chenault offered a motion to report HB 365, as                                                                   
amended, from Committee.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
There was no objection and CCS HB 365 was MOVED from Committee.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Representative Chenault offered a motion to report HB 366, as                                                                   
amended, from Committee.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
There was no objection and CCS HB 366 was MOVED from Committee.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Gary Wilken adjourned the meeting at 7:04:46 PM                                                                      

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