Legislature(1999 - 2000)

05/04/1999 08:08 AM CRA

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        HOUSE COMMUNITY AND REGIONAL AFFAIRS                                                                                    
                 STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                                             
                    May 4, 1999                                                                                                 
                     8:08 a.m.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Representative Andrew Halcro, Co-Chairman                                                                                       
Representative John Harris, Co-Chairman                                                                                         
Representative Carl Morgan                                                                                                      
Representative Lisa Murkowski                                                                                                   
Representative Fred Dyson                                                                                                       
Representative Reggie Joule                                                                                                     
Representative Albert Kookesh                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
All members present                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
*HOUSE BILL NO. 215                                                                                                             
"An Act making an appropriation to the Department of Community and                                                              
Regional Affairs for renters' tax equivalency payments; and                                                                     
providing for an effective date."                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 23                                                                                                   
Proposing amendments to the Constitution of the State of Alaska                                                                 
relating to the community development fund, the permanent fund, and                                                             
the budget reserve fund.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED CSHJR 23(CRA) OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
(* First public hearing)                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS ACTION                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HB 215                                                                                                                    
SHORT TITLE: APPROP: RENTERS' EQUIV REBATE PROGRAM                                                                              
SPONSOR(S): REPRESENTATIVES(S) BERKOWITZ, Croft, Grussendorf,                                                                   
Cissna, Smalley, Moses, Kemplen, Brice, Kerttula                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Jrn-Date    Jrn-Page           Action                                                                                           
 4/01/99               (H)  CRA AT  8:00 AM CAPITOL 124                                                                         
 4/28/99      1051     (H)  READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRAL(S)                                                                   
 4/28/99      1051     (H)  CRA, FIN                                                                                            
 5/04/99               (H)  CRA AT  8:00 AM CAPITOL 124                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HJR 23                                                                                                                    
SHORT TITLE: COMMUNITY DEVELOP FUND/PFD/BUD RESERVE                                                                             
SPONSOR(S): REPRESENTATIVES(S) DAVIS                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Jrn-Date    Jrn-Page           Action                                                                                           
 3/05/99       366     (H)  READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRAL(S)                                                                   
 3/05/99       366     (H)  CRA, JUDICIARY, FINANCE                                                                             
 4/08/99               (H)  CRA AT  8:00 AM CAPITOL 124                                                                         
 4/08/99               (H)  HEARD AND HELD                                                                                      
 4/08/99               (H)  MINUTE(CRA)                                                                                         
 5/04/99               (H)  CRA AT  8:00 AM CAPITOL 124                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
PATRICK FLYNN, Legislative Assistant                                                                                            
     for Representative Berkowitz                                                                                               
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Capitol Building, Room 404                                                                                                      
Juneau, Alaska  99801                                                                                                           
Telephone:  (907) 465-4919                                                                                                      
POSITION STATEMENT:  Presented HB 215.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
STEVE VAN SANT, State Assessor                                                                                                  
Department of Community & Regional Affairs                                                                                      
333 West 4th, Suite 220                                                                                                         
Anchorage, Alaska 99501                                                                                                         
Telephone:  (907) 269-4605                                                                                                      
POSITION STATEMENT:  Answered questions.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
GERALD DORSHER, Appointed Legislative Officer                                                                                   
Veterans of Foreign Wars                                                                                                        
PO Box 240003                                                                                                                   
Douglas, Alaska 99824                                                                                                           
Telephone:  (907) 364-3346                                                                                                      
POSITION STATEMENT:  Supported HB 215.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
JANE DEMMERT, Executive Director                                                                                                
Alaska Commission on Aging                                                                                                      
PO Box 110209                                                                                                                   
Juneau, Alaska 99811-0209                                                                                                       
Telephone:  (907) 465-4879                                                                                                      
POSITION STATEMENT:  Requested that serious consideration be given                                                              
                     to HB 215.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE BERKOWITZ, Sponsor of HB 215                                                                                     
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Capitol Building, Room 404                                                                                                      
Juneau, Alaska  99801                                                                                                           
Telephone:  (907) 465-4919                                                                                                      
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified as Sponsor of HB 215.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE DAVIS                                                                                                            
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Capitol Building, Room 513                                                                                                      
Juneau, Alaska  99801                                                                                                           
Telephone:  (907) 465-2693                                                                                                      
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified as Sponsor of HJR 23.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
KEVIN RITCHIE                                                                                                                   
Alaska Municipal League                                                                                                         
217 Second Street                                                                                                               
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
Telephone:  (907) 586-1325                                                                                                      
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified on HJR 23.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
TAPE 99-29, SIDE A                                                                                                              
Number 0001                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIRMAN HALCRO called the House Community and Regional Affairs                                                              
Standing Committee meeting to order at 8:08 a.m.  Members present                                                               
at the call to order were Representatives Halcro, Harris, Morgan,                                                               
Murkowski and Dyson.  Representatives Joule and Kookesh were not                                                                
present.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
HB 215 - APPROP: RENTERS' EQUIV REBATE PROGRAM                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIRMAN HALCRO announced that the first order of business would                                                             
be HOUSE BILL NO. 215, "An Act making an appropriation to the                                                                   
Department of Community and Regional Affairs for renters' tax                                                                   
equivalency payments; and providing for an effective date."                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Number 0050                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
PATRICK FLYNN, Legislative Assistant for Representative Berkowitz,                                                              
Alaska State Legislature, explained that HB 215 would simply                                                                    
appropriate $300,000 in order to fund the renters' equivalency                                                                  
rebate program at the same level as funded in the fiscal year (FY)                                                              
99.  If this program was fully funded, it would cost the state over                                                             
$1 million.  Mr. Flynn informed the committee that the funding for                                                              
this program has been zeroed out in the FY 2000 budget.  He noted                                                               
that the committee should have a letter from the Disabled American                                                              
Veterans which states its support for this program.  Mr. Flynn                                                                  
recalled that the committee had recently heard legislation that                                                                 
would make the senior and disabled veteran property tax exemption                                                               
an option for municipalities.  Within HB 215, there is no local                                                                 
option.  Once the renters' rebate program is eliminated in the                                                                  
state budget, the program is eliminated for good.  This program                                                                 
impacts people who live from month to month and from check to                                                                   
check.  Therefore, the modest sum of $277 per year makes a big                                                                  
difference for these people.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE MURKOWSKI inquired as to how many people take                                                                    
advantage of the seniors renters' rebate versus the disabled                                                                    
veterans renters' rebate.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MR. FLYNN said that he did not have those specific numbers.                                                                     
However, Mr. Flynn believed that the program has roughly 1,200                                                                  
participants in total.  In further response to Representative                                                                   
Murkowski, Mr. Flynn informed the committee that a disabled veteran                                                             
must be 50 percent disabled or more in order to qualify for this                                                                
program.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE MURKOWSKI asked if a $300,000 appropriation would                                                                
reach the same number of those eligible for the program on a                                                                    
reduced basis or are some eliminated.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MR. FLYNN stated that there would be a reduction in the benefit                                                                 
level rather than the number of benefit participants.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Number 0403                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
STEVE VAN SANT, State Assessor, Department of Community & Regional                                                              
Affairs, testified via teleconference from Anchorage.  He noted                                                                 
that he was present for informational purposes as his office                                                                    
handles the administration of the renters' rebate program.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE MURKOWSKI inquired as to the breakdown of numbers                                                                
regarding how many participants are seniors and how many are                                                                    
disabled veterans participating in the renters' rebate program.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MR. VAN SANT informed the committee that in 1998, there were 993                                                                
seniors and 112 disabled veterans.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE MURKOWSKI asked what would a senior's income have to                                                             
be in order to qualify for the renters' rebate program.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MR. VAN SANT clarified that the renters' rebate program is not                                                                  
needs based.  This program is similar to the senior citizens'                                                                   
property tax exemption program.  In order to qualify for the                                                                    
renters' rebate program, a senior citizen must be 65 years of age                                                               
or older and rent their home in a municipality that levies taxes.                                                               
For a disabled veteran, that individual must have a 50 percent                                                                  
service-connected disability and live in a municipality that levies                                                             
taxes in order to qualify for the renters' rebate program.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIRMAN HALCRO inquired as to the number of applicants for this                                                             
program over the years since the funding has decreased.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MR. VAN SANT informed the committee of the number of participants                                                               
in the program in the following years:  1992 - 1,032; 1993 - 1,207;                                                             
1994 - 1,233; 1995 - 1,048; 1996 - 1,092; 1997 - 1,111; 1998 -                                                                  
1,105.  Typically, the applications are sent to all previous                                                                    
filers, municipalities, Legislative Information Offices, senior                                                                 
centers, and to the assessor's offices throughout the state.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIRMAN HALCRO asked if there is a geographic breakdown as to                                                               
where these folks are located.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MR. VAN SANT said that he did not have that information broken down                                                             
percentage wise.  He informed the committee that out of the                                                                     
$300,000 approximately over half is given to Anchorage.  Almost                                                                 
every community that has property taxes has participants in this                                                                
program.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Number 0728                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
GERALD DORSCHER, Appointed Legislative Officer, Veterans of Foreign                                                             
Wars, informed the committee that the renters' rebate program was                                                               
established in 1976.  He requested the committee's support for                                                                  
HB 215.  Veterans are the backbone of America and Alaska.  The                                                                  
freedoms everyone enjoys were protected by the veterans.  Seniors                                                               
work to build our communities and our state.  Mr. Dorscher                                                                      
emphasized that budget cuts should not be placed on the backs of                                                                
disabled veterans and senior citizens.   He noted that the program                                                              
has dwindled from $820,000 in 1991 to $300,000 in 1998.  As                                                                     
mentioned earlier, the current year's budget zeros out the renters'                                                             
rebate program completely.  Mr. Dorscher stressed that senior                                                                   
citizens and disabled veterans serve and continue to serve the                                                                  
country and their communities and are assets to the state.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIRMAN HARRIS said that $277 per person per year for an                                                                    
individual on a $1,000 budget would not seem to make a huge                                                                     
difference.  He asked if there are other programs similar to this                                                               
which would help subsidize the cost of living for seniors and                                                                   
disabled veterans.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MR. DORSCHER deferred to Mr. Van Sant.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIRMAN HARRIS asked if there are other programs available.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MR. DORSCHER stated, "Not in the veterans .... programs that are                                                                
available."                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Number 1058                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
JANE DEMMERT, Executive Director, Alaska Commission on Aging, said                                                              
that this is a difficult year for the legislature, Alaskans and                                                                 
particularly difficult for older Alaskans and disabled veterans.                                                                
When the constellation of legislation and the budget is reviewed,                                                               
the impact on almost all of the dimensions of economic stability                                                                
becomes apparent.  These are dimensions with which older Alaskans                                                               
have planned their retirement.  Although the renters' rebate                                                                    
program is small, the program is significant for those who depend                                                               
upon the program.  These are Alaskans for whom the program can make                                                             
a difference as to whether there is a roof over their head or not.                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MS. DEMMERT explained that all Alaskans, but older Alaskans and                                                                 
disabled veterans in particular, are facing the following:  the                                                                 
property tax exemption legislation for seniors and disabled                                                                     
veterans, the renters' rebate program, legislation prorating                                                                    
benefits, municipal assistance reductions, and cuts to the Alaska                                                               
Housing Finance Corporation budget.  The Commission on Aging would                                                              
request the committee seriously consider HB 215 as well as the                                                                  
interplay between the aforementioned legislation.  Ms. Demmert                                                                  
recommended that the larger picture be reviewed in order to create                                                              
a humanely developed approach to the budgets for the future.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE MURKOWSKI agreed that the constellation or mix of                                                                
all this legislation is very significant.  With regards to HB 215,                                                              
it is a drop in the bucket.  Representative Murkowski said that Ms.                                                             
Demmert's point of the impact of all this legislation is well                                                                   
taken.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
There being no one else to testify, the public testimony on HB 215                                                              
was closed.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIRMAN HARRIS asked if HB 215 is the appropriate vehicle to                                                                
place the renters' rebate program funding back in the budget.  He                                                               
indicated that this seems to be a slow way in which to return the                                                               
funding for this program in the budget.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Number 1470                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE BERKOWITZ, Sponsor of HB 215, Alaska State                                                                       
Legislature, agreed that this is a slow way to return funds to the                                                              
budget, but when an item has been zeroed in both bodies that item                                                               
is gone.  Therefore, there needs to be another vehicle to keep the                                                              
program alive for further consideration.  Representative Berkowitz                                                              
noted that he had offered amendments on the House floor during the                                                              
budget debate in order to encourage the retention of this program.                                                              
He believed that this is a self-selective low income group since                                                                
these folks are renters on a fixed income.  This legislation was                                                                
the only vehicle that Representative Berkowitz could think of to                                                                
help.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIRMAN HARRIS inquired as to the parameters of the program.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE BERKOWITZ said that he did not know the exact                                                                    
parameters of the program.  Most of these individuals are living on                                                             
small fixed incomes of approximately $1,000 per month.  Although                                                                
there are some taking advantage of this program who do not need to                                                              
do so, substantial numbers of people are depending on this program.                                                             
Representative Berkowitz said that he would be willing to                                                                       
contemplate means testing, but it would probably be a cumbersome                                                                
bureaucracy given the small sums involved.  In further response to                                                              
Co-Chairman Harris, Representative Berkowitz agreed that funding                                                                
the program at $300,000 was chosen because that was the funding                                                                 
level last year.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIRMAN HALCRO reiterated the earlier question regarding                                                                    
whether there are similar federal programs available should this                                                                
money not be restored to the budget.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE BERKOWITZ said that he would continue his search for                                                             
alternative funding sources which he seemed to think should exist.                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Number 1643                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE DYSON moved to report HB 215 out of committee with                                                               
individual recommendations.  There being no objection, it was so                                                                
ordered.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
The committee stood at-ease from 8:29 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
HJR 23 - COMMUNITY DEVELOP FUND/PFD/BUD RESERVE                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIRMAN HALCRO announced that the final order of business                                                                   
before the committee would be HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 23,                                                                    
Proposing amendments to the Constitution of the State of Alaska                                                                 
relating to the community development fund, the permanent fund, and                                                             
the budget reserve fund.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Number 1681                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE DAVIS, Sponsor of HJR 23, Alaska State Legislature,                                                              
recalled that three questions were brought forth at the last                                                                    
meeting which have been addressed in a memorandum.  Representative                                                              
Davis believed that HJR 23 would develop into a revenue source for                                                              
local municipalities to deal with many of the funding schemes put                                                               
in place by past legislatures.  People have come to depend on those                                                             
programs.  This legislation goes a long way in correcting and                                                                   
continuing valuable programs that would be subject to decreasing                                                                
funding.  Representative Davis pointed out that the concerns                                                                    
regarding the eligibility of these funds is addressed on page 1,                                                                
lines 14-16.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIRMAN HARRIS moved to adopt CSHJR 23, Version LS0573\D, Cook,                                                             
4/8/99, as the working document before the committee.  There being                                                              
no objection, it was so ordered.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE DAVIS pointed out that the language incorporated on                                                              
page 1, lines 14-16 of the proposed CS should be broad enough to                                                                
accommodate the formation of additional municipalities and other                                                                
municipalities under statute.  With regard to the question of how                                                               
the fund will be invested and who will administer it,                                                                           
Representative Davis said that initially the Department of Revenue                                                              
will invest and administer the fund.  It is possible that in the                                                                
future the legislature could establish an investment group similar                                                              
to the Permanent Fund Corporation.  Representative Davis emphasized                                                             
that this resolution merely puts the question to the voters as to                                                               
whether this fund should be created, no statute is established.                                                                 
Therefore, there is much leeway for future legislatures to develop                                                              
the statute.  With regard to the distribution of the funds,                                                                     
Representative Davis said it was his intention that the funds be                                                                
distributed with no strings attached.  Here again, this will be                                                                 
left up to future legislatures.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIRMAN HALCRO understood that when the permanent fund was                                                                  
developed, such investment and distribution questions were                                                                      
determined after the fund was established.  He asked if that was                                                                
Representative Davis' understanding as well.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE DAVIS replied yes.  The constitutional amendment for                                                             
the permanent fund only asked if a savings account should be                                                                    
established.  How the earnings would be distributed or spent was                                                                
not addressed.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE MURKOWSKI asked if the community development fund                                                                
would mesh with any long-term fiscal plan.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE DAVIS said that he believed it would.  This fund is                                                              
the answer to the elimination of municipal assistance and revenue                                                               
sharing which is the intent.  He noted that this legislation was                                                                
offered during the last legislature.  As this fund grows, the state                                                             
would be able to transfer many of its functions and expenditures to                                                             
municipalities.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE MURKOWSKI noted that former Governor Hickel had                                                                  
discussed an individual community permanent fund.  How would this                                                               
fund relate to the former Governor Hickel's idea?                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE DAVIS stated that he was not exactly sure, but the                                                               
idea for this fund came from the former Governor Hickel's idea.                                                                 
There are definitely differences between the two proposals.  He                                                                 
indicated that Representative Moses may have a similar proposal as                                                              
well.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Number 2205                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
KEVIN RITCHIE, Alaska Municipal League (AML), noted that the                                                                    
committee should have two brown sheets from the AML.  He said that                                                              
this legislation is a way to eliminate the general funds for state                                                              
revenue sharing and potentially capital matching grants.  This is                                                               
part of a long-range fiscal plan.  The public needs to know that                                                                
those services most important to them, roads, police, fire, et                                                                  
cetera, are things that can continue.  Therefore, this would be                                                                 
important in selling a long-range fiscal plan to the public.  Mr.                                                               
Ritchie stated that the legislature will have to answer the                                                                     
question, "Does this somehow hurt the state budget?"  He pointed                                                                
out that the "Alaska Plan" and the community development fund are                                                               
endowments.  A separate endowment of $750 million would be set                                                                  
aside for the community development fund.  The AML feels that would                                                             
further the state's goals to transition programs to municipalities.                                                             
He emphasized the importance of those municipalities being able to                                                              
accept those programs.  Furthermore, municipalities would need to                                                               
be assured that there will be a long-term source of funding that                                                                
will not be reduced in one year, two years, or three years.  He                                                                 
indicated that this fund would be a way to achieve such.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MR. RITCHIE referred the committee to the example listed on the                                                                 
bottom of the first page of the AML document.  The example points                                                               
out that currently there are separate state and local road                                                                      
maintenance shops.  Local governments in some communities would not                                                             
be able to accept, consolidate and pay for road maintenance.                                                                    
Historically, the state has only been able to commit funds for road                                                             
maintenance for one year.  Mr. Ritchie said that having a fund like                                                             
the proposed community development fund would allow a long-term                                                                 
plan between state and local governments.  For that reason, the AML                                                             
supports this legislation.  Mr. Ritchie noted that page 2 of the                                                                
AML document is an example of what could comprise a long-range                                                                  
fiscal plan.  By doing this, municipalities would not be after a                                                                
windfall of funds from the state.  As funding increases, so would                                                               
the level of services provided by municipalities.  As funding                                                                   
increases, there would also potentially be a decrease in the level                                                              
of service provided by the state.  That is why page 2 of the AML                                                                
document has $0 indicating that there would not be a net revenue                                                                
increase for local governments.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIRMAN HARRIS referred to page 2 of the AML document which has                                                             
a heading, "Eliminate $68 million State GF to:".  If the state                                                                  
eliminates some areas, how would the municipality eliminate those                                                               
as well because those figures are bracketed.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. RITCHIE explained that it would take two years for the                                                                      
community development fund to create revenue.  Therefore, the                                                                   
elimination of municipal revenue sharing is not recommended for                                                                 
this year.  This would be a transition from revenue sharing to a                                                                
community development fund.  He pointed out that the revenue in                                                                 
brackets which would be eliminated for revenue sharing and                                                                      
municipal capital matching grants could be replaced with a gas tax                                                              
and the community development fund.  He reiterated that this is                                                                 
just an example and there are many options.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIRMAN HARRIS asked if it was the intent to include education                                                              
funding.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MR. RITCHIE replied no.  Currently, education funding is                                                                        
approximately $800 million.  Mr. Ritchie said that it would be                                                                  
difficult to imagine placing enough money in the community                                                                      
development fund to replace that type of state funding.  He                                                                     
reiterated that this is just an example and there are many options.                                                             
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIRMAN HALCRO asked if there was anyone who would like to                                                                  
testify on HJR 23.  There being no one, the public testimony was                                                                
closed.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Number 2600                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIRMAN HARRIS moved to report CSHJR 23, Version LS0573\D,                                                                  
Cook, 4/8/99, out of committee with individual recommendations and                                                              
the accompanying two fiscal notes.   There being no objection, it                                                               
was so ordered.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
There being no further business before the committee, the House                                                                 
Community & Regional Affairs Standing Committee meeting was                                                                     
adjourned at 8:49 a.m.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                

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