Legislature(2015 - 2016)HOUSE FINANCE 519

03/18/2016 07:30 AM LEGISLATIVE BUDGET & AUDIT

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07:31:34 AM Start
07:32:29 AM Approval of Minutes
07:33:02 AM Executive Session
09:10:55 AM Other Committee Business
09:15:08 AM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
Audits - EXECUTIVE SESSION:
Statewide Single Audit FY15 - Preliminary
Commercial Passenger Vessel Tax Special Audit -
Preliminary
Furlough Impact - Division of Legislative Audit
Other Committee Business
-- Testimony <Invitation Only> --
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
             LEGISLATIVE BUDGET AND AUDIT COMMITTEE                                                                           
                         March 18, 2016                                                                                         
                           7:31 a.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Anna MacKinnon, Vice Chair                                                                                              
Senator Cathy Giessel                                                                                                           
Senator Bert Stedman                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Representative Mike Hawker (via teleconference)                                                                                 
Representative Kurt Olson                                                                                                       
Representative Lance Pruitt                                                                                                     
Representative Steve Thompson                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Senator Lyman Hoffman                                                                                                           
Senator Click Bishop                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Representative Sam Kito                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Senator Pete Kelly (alternate)                                                                                                  
Representative Mark Neuman (alternate)                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
APPROVAL OF MINUTES                                                                                                             
EXECUTIVE SESSION                                                                                                               
OTHER COMMITTEE BUSINESS                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
No previous action to record                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
No witnesses to record                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
7:31:34 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
VICE CHAIR ANNA MACKINNON called the Legislative Budget and                                                                   
Audit Committee meeting to order at 7:31 a.m.  Senators                                                                         
MacKinnon, Giessel,  and Stedman and Representatives  Hawker (via                                                               
teleconference), Thompson, and Olson were  present at the call to                                                               
order.   Representative  Pruitt  arrived as  the  meeting was  in                                                               
progress.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
^Approval of Minutes                                                                                                          
                      Approval of Minutes                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
7:32:29 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
VICE CHAIR MACKINNON  announced that the first  order of business                                                               
would be approval of the minutes.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
7:32:42 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE THOMPSON made  a motion to approve  the minutes of                                                               
the  Legislative Budget  and Audit  Committee  from February  22,                                                               
2016, February 25,  2016, and February 26, 2016.   There being no                                                               
objection, the  minutes from the  meetings of February  22, 2016,                                                               
February 25, 2016, and February 26, 2016, were approved.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
^Executive Session                                                                                                            
                       Executive Session                                                                                    
                                                                                                                              
7:33:02 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
VICE CHAIR  MACKINNON announced that  the next order  of business                                                               
would be to move into executive session.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE THOMPSON  made a motion  under Uniform Rule  22 to                                                               
move  to   executive  session  for  the   purpose  of  discussing                                                               
confidential  audit reports  under AS  24.20.301 and  for matters                                                               
pertaining to  personnel under AS  42.40.170(b)(4).   There being                                                               
no objection, the  committee went into executive  session at 7:33                                                               
a.m.                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
7:33:42 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
The committee took an at-ease from 7:33 a.m. to 9:09 a.m.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:09:40 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
VICE  CHAIR MACKINNON  brought the  committee back  to 9:09  a.m.                                                               
Representatives   Olson,  Thompson,   and  Pruitt   and  Senators                                                               
MacKinnon,  Giessel, and  Stedman  were present  at  the call  to                                                               
order.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:10:18 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE THOMPSON made a motion  for the preliminary audits                                                               
for the  Statewide Single  Audit for the  Fiscal Year  ended June                                                               
30, 2015, and  the Commercial Passenger Vessel  Tax Special Audit                                                               
to be  released to the  appropriate agencies and  communities for                                                               
response.  There being no objection, it was so ordered.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
^Other Committee Business                                                                                                     
                    Other Committee Business                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
9:10:55 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
VICE CHAIR MACKINNON  announced that the final  order of business                                                               
would be to discuss any other committee business.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
9:11:50 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
VICE CHAIR MACKINNON  stated her desire to work  with the auditor                                                               
to review  the possibility for  consolidation and  restructure of                                                               
the support staff to the various Boards and Commissions.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
9:13:06 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  PRUITT offered  his  belief that  this should  be                                                               
reviewed, and he added that it  might be encumbent to analyze the                                                               
appropriateness  of the  personnel assigned  to each  board, with                                                               
the possibility of consolidation of some boards and commissions.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
VICE  CHAIR  MACKINNON  shared   that  Kris  Curtis,  Legislative                                                               
Auditor, had reported to the  Senate Finance Committee that there                                                               
had been  a more formal  look at  consolidation of the  boards in                                                               
1992.   She  noted that  a  sub-committee to  the Senate  Finance                                                               
Committee had  also been assigned  this review.  She  noted that,                                                               
as  some boards  were  funded by  receipts  from licenses,  these                                                               
should be  reviewed, although  her priority  was to  review those                                                               
funded by general fund dollars  or designated receipts that could                                                               
be used elsewhere.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
9:15:08 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
There  being  no  further  business  before  the  committee,  the                                                               
Legislative Budget  and Audit Committee meeting  was adjourned at                                                               
9:15 a.m.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                

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