Legislature(1993 - 1994)

04/23/1993 08:45 AM FIN

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                     HOUSE FINANCE COMMITTEE                                   
                         APRIL 23, 1993                                        
                            8:45 A.M.                                          
                                                                               
  TAPE HFC 93 - 118, Side 2, #000 - end.                                       
  TAPE HFC 93 - 119, Side 1, #000 - #332.                                      
                                                                               
  CALL TO ORDER                                                                
                                                                               
  Co-Chair Ron Larson called the  meeting of the House Finance                 
  Committee to order at 8:45 A.M.                                              
                                                                               
  PRESENT                                                                      
                                                                               
  Co-Chair Larson               Representative Brown                           
  Co-Chair MacLean              Representative Foster                          
  Vice-Chair Hanley             Representative Grussendorf                     
  Representative Hoffman        Representative Martin                          
  Representative Navarre        Representative Parnell                         
  Representative Therriault                                                    
                                                                               
  ALSO PRESENT                                                                 
                                                                               
  Representative   Tom   Brice;  Juanita   Hensley,  Director,                 
  Division  of Motor  Vehicles, Department  of Public  Safety;                 
  Annette  Kreitzer, Aide,  Senator Loren Leman;  Mel Kroseng,                 
  Aide,  Representative  Ramona Barnes;  Representative Bettye                 
  Davis; Representative Carl Moses; Representative Pat Carney;                 
  Norm  Cohen,  Interim  Director,  Coastal  Villages  Fishing                 
  Development, Juneau, Alaska.                                                 
                                                                               
  SUMMARY INFORMATION                                                          
  SB 71     An Act relating to emergency medical services; and                 
            repealing  obsolete  references  to the  Statewide                 
            Health  Coordinating  Council  and health  systems                 
            agencies.                                                          
                                                                               
            HCS SS SB 71 (HESS) was reported out of  Committee                 
            with a "do  pass" recommendation and with  a House                 
            Finance Committee fiscal note.                                     
  SB 84     An  Act relating to  fees for identification cards                 
            and certain motor vehicle licenses and permits; to                 
            licenses issued to drivers and  to revocation of a                 
            license to  drive; and providing for  an effective                 
            date.                                                              
                                                                               
            SB 84 am was reported out  of Committee with a "do                 
            pass"  recommendation and with  a zero fiscal note                 
            by the Department of Public Safety.                                
                                                                               
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  HB 83     An Act making appropriations for construction  and                 
            major maintenance of schools; and providing for an                 
            effective date.                                                    
                                                                               
            CS HB 83 (FIN) was  reported out of Committee with                 
            a "do pass" recommendation.                                        
  SB 100    An   Act   making    supplemental   and    special                 
            appropriations   for   the   expenses   of   state                 
            government;   making,   amending,   and  repealing                 
            capital   and   operating    appropriations;   and                 
            providing for an effective date.                                   
                                                                               
            SB  100   was  held   in  Committee  for   further                 
  consideration.                                                               
  HB 264    An Act  providing for a  fishery resource  landing                 
            tax; and providing for an effective date.                          
                                                                               
            HB  264  was   held  in   Committee  for   further                 
            consideration.                                                     
                                                                               
  CONSENT AGENDA:                                                              
  SB 49     An Act  relating to  preelection reports;  closing                 
            the  two-day  reporting   gap  in  those  reports;                 
            setting  the  date  of  February   15  for  filing                 
            year-end campaign finance  reports; and  requiring                 
            reporting of zero year-end reports.                                
                                                                               
            HCS SB 49 (STA) was reported out of Committee with                 
            a "do pass" recommendation and  with a zero fiscal                 
            note  by  the Department  of  Administration dated                 
            2/01/93.                                                           
  SB 57     An Act relating to employment contributions and to                 
            extending the pilot project for the state training                 
            and  employment  program;  and  providing  for  an                 
            effective date.                                                    
                                                                               
            SB 57  was reported  out of  Committee with  a "do                 
            pass" recommendation and with  a zero fiscal  note                 
            by the Senate Finance Committee dated 4/08/93.                     
  SB 156    An Act amending  the definition of  `municipality'                 
            for  purposes  of  the  human  services  community                 
            matching grant program.                                            
                                                                               
            SB 156  was reported out  of Committee with  a "do                 
            pass" recommendation and with zero fiscal notes by                 
            the Department of Health and Social Services dated                 
                                                                               
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            3/24/93  and  the  Department   of  Community  and                 
            Regional Affairs dated 3/24/93.                                    
  SB 162    An  Act  relating  to  the  implementation  of the                 
            federal   emergency    unemployment   compensation                 
            program; making changes  relating to  unemployment                 
            compensation under the  extended benefits  program                 
            and the  supplemental state benefits  program; and                 
            providing for an effective date.                                   
                                                                               
            CS SB 162 (FIN) was reported out of Committee with                 
            "no recommendations"  and with a zero  fiscal note                 
            by the Department of Labor dated 3/12/93.                          
                                                                               
  CONSENT AGENDA:                                                              
                                                                               
  Representative Foster MOVED the Consent Agenda.  There being                 
  NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                             
  SENATE BILL 49                                                               
                                                                               
       "An Act  relating to  preelection reports; closing  the                 
       two-day reporting  gap  in those  reports; setting  the                 
       date  of  February  15  for  filing  year-end  campaign                 
       finance  reports;  and  requiring   reporting  of  zero                 
       year-end reports."                                                      
                                                                               
  HCS SB  49 (STA) was  reported out  of Committee with  a "do                 
  pass"  recommendation and  with a  zero fiscal  note by  the                 
  Department of Administration dated 2/01/93.                                  
  SENATE BILL 57                                                               
                                                                               
       "An Act  relating to  employment  contributions and  to                 
       extending the pilot project for  the state training and                 
       employment  program;  and  providing for  an  effective                 
       date."                                                                  
                                                                               
  SB  57  was  reported out  of  Committee  with  a "do  pass"                 
  recommendation  and with  a zero fiscal  note by  the Senate                 
  Finance Committee dated 4/08/93.                                             
  SENATE BILL 156                                                              
                                                                               
       "An Act  amending the definition of  `municipality' for                 
       purposes of the human services community matching grant                 
       program."                                                               
                                                                               
  SB  156  was reported  out  of  Committee with  a  "do pass"                 
  recommendation and with zero fiscal  notes by the Department                 
  of  Health  and  Social  Services   dated  3/24/93  and  the                 
  Department of Community and Regional Affairs dated 3/24/93.                  
                                                                               
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  SENATE BILL 162                                                              
                                                                               
       "An Act relating  to the implementation of  the federal                 
       emergency  unemployment  compensation  program;  making                 
       changes relating to unemployment compensation under the                 
       extended benefits  program and  the supplemental  state                 
       benefits program; and providing for an effective date."                 
                                                                               
  CS  SB  162 (FIN)  was reported  out  of Committee  with "no                 
  recommendations"  and  with  a  zero   fiscal  note  by  the                 
  Department of Labor dated 3/12/93.                                           
  SENATE BILL 84                                                               
                                                                               
       "An Act relating  to fees for identification  cards and                 
       certain motor vehicle licenses and permits; to licenses                 
       issued to  drivers and  to revocation of  a license  to                 
       drive; and providing for an effective date."                            
                                                                               
  JUANITA  HENSLEY,  DIRECTOR,  DIVISION  OF  MOTOR  VEHICLES,                 
  DEPARTMENT  OF  PUBLIC  SAFETY,  stated  that SB  84  amends                 
  current law by requiring  a holographic symbol be placed  on                 
  driver's license and identification cards to prevent illegal                 
  alteration or duplication.  The bill also adds a new section                 
  to Alaska's  motor vehicle  driver's license  of any  person                 
  under the age of 21 who uses a drivers license as fraudulent                 
  or  false  identification in  an  attempt to  gain  entry or                 
  purchase alcohol from a liquor establishment.                                
                                                                               
  Ms. Hensley noted  that the  fiscal note passed  out by  the                 
  Senate  Finance   Committee  would  not   be  sufficient  to                 
  adequately  address the  Legislation.    She encouraged  the                 
  House Finance Committee to adopt the fiscal note provided by                 
  the Department of Public Safety.                                             
                                                                               
  Representative Martin  MOVED  to  report SB  84  am  out  of                 
  Committee  with  individual  recommendations  and  with  the                 
  fiscal note by the Department of Public Safety.  There being                 
  NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                             
                                                                               
  SB  84 am  was reported  out of Committee  with a  "do pass"                 
  recommendation and with a zero fiscal note by the Department                 
  of Public Safety.                                                            
  SENATE BILL NO. 71                                                           
                                                                               
       "An Act  relating to  emergency  medical services;  and                 
       repealing obsolete references  to the Statewide  Health                 
       Coordinating Council and health systems agencies."                      
                                                                               
  Representative Foster MOVED to report HCS SS SB 71 (HES) out                 
                                                                               
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  of Committee  with individual  recommendations and with  the                 
  accompanying fiscal  notes.   Representative Brown  OBJECTED                 
  for further questioning.                                                     
                                                                               
  ANNETTE KREITZER, AIDE, SENATOR  LOREN LEMAN, explained that                 
  Sections 9  & 10 address  patient information systems.   She                 
  added,  the  sponsor   submitted  a  fiscal  note   for  the                 
  Committee's   consideration   of   $140  thousand   dollars.                 
  Representative Foster MOVED the $140 thousand dollars fiscal                 
  note.  Representative  Brown WITHDREW her OBJECTION.   There                 
  being NO further OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                               
                                                                               
  CS SS SB 71  (HES) was reported out of Committee  with a "do                 
  pass"  recommendation and  with a  fiscal note by  the House                 
  Finance Committee.                                                           
  HOUSE BILL NO. 83                                                            
                                                                               
       "An  Act  making  appropriations  for construction  and                 
       major  maintenance  of schools;  and  providing for  an                 
       effective date."                                                        
                                                                               
  Representative Hanley  provide the Committee  with Amendment                 
  the Anchorage  School district from  school construction  to                 
  school  maintenance.   The  shift would  provide 75%  of the                 
  amount  needed  to   complete  roof  repairs  to   the  Spur                 
  Elementary School.   Representative  Hanley MOVED  Amendment                 
                                                                               
  Representative Martin MOVED CS HB 83 (FIN) out of  Committee                 
  with  individual  recommendations.   Representative  Navarre                 
  OBJECTED.                                                                    
                                                                               
  Representative Navarre requested an additional $8.2  million                 
  dollars for the new  Kenai Elementary School.  He  MOVED the                 
  additional allocation  to Page  2, Line  12, noting that  it                 
  would  increase the  amount  included in  Section  2.   This                 
  amount would  provide  70% of  the project  cost.   Co-Chair                 
  MacLean  OBJECTED  noting  that the  addition  had  not been                 
  submitted for  the priority  list.   Representative  Navarre                 
  argued  that  the  priority  list   had  been  submitted  by                 
  Representative John Davies.                                                  
                                                                               
  A roll call was taken on the MOTION.                                         
                                                                               
       IN FAVOR:      Navarre, Brown, Grussendorf, Hoffman.                    
                                                                               
       OPPOSED:       Parnell,  Therriault,  Foster,   Hanley,                 
                      Martin, Larson, MacLean.                                 
                                                                               
  The MOTION FAILED, (4-7).                                                    
                                                                               
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  The MOTION to  MOVE the bill from  Committee was reiterated.                 
  Representative  Navarre  OBJECTED.    He  advised  that  the                 
  allocation  of  funds had  not  fairly been  distributed and                 
  emphasized that the priority  list did not reflect areas  of                 
  impact or growth.  There is  little flexibility in the list.                 
                                                                               
                                                                               
  A roll call was taken on the MOTION.                                         
                                                                               
       IN FAVOR:      Parnell,   Therriault,  Brown,   Foster,                 
                      Grussendorf,  Hanley,  Hoffman,  Martin,                 
                      MacLean, Larson.                                         
                                                                               
       OPPOSED:       Navarre.                                                 
                                                                               
  The MOTION PASSED, (10-1).                                                   
                                                                               
  CS  HB 83  (FIN) was reported  out of  Committee with  a "do                 
  pass" recommendation.                                                        
  SENATE BILL 100                                                              
                                                                               
       "An Act making  supplemental and special appropriations                 
       for the expenses of state government; making, amending,                 
       and repealing capital and operating appropriations; and                 
       providing for an effective date."                                       
                                                                               
  Co-Chair  Larson  pointed  out the  Committee  had completed                 
  Sections 1 -  74 at the  previous meeting.   Section 75  was                 
  adopted.    Sections 76  -  79 are  currently  in discussion                 
  between the House and the Senate budget meetings.                            
                                                                               
  Section  80  provides  $30 thousand  dollars  for  the Sitka                 
  Campus  of  the  Katlian  Vocation School.    Representative                 
  Martin  asked if these projects were currently listed in the                 
  University budget.   Representative Grussendorf stated  that                 
  this component was not included  in the University's budget.                 
  Representative Grussendorf  MOVED Section #80.   There being                 
  NO OBJECTION, Section #80 was adopted.                                       
                                                                               
  Representative  Brown  understood that  Section #75  was the                 
  same component included  in the  capital budget request  for                 
  $1.7 million  dollars.  She  felt it  was not needed  in the                 
  proposed legislation.                                                        
                                                                               
  MEL  KROSENG, AIDE,  REPRESENTATIVE  RAMONA BARNES,  advised                 
  that it  is  the Speaker's  request that  the allocation  be                 
  funded  in  the  supplemental  so  that  the  Department  of                 
  Corrections can begin Project Hope this year.                                
                                                                               
  Representative Brown  REMOVED her OBJECTION noting  that the                 
                                                                               
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  Department of Correction's  budget is seriously  underfunded                 
  and  she  would  like  to encourage  as  many  resources  as                 
  possible for that agency.  There being NO FURTHER OBJECTION,                 
  Section 75 was adopted.                                                      
                                                                               
  SB 100 was HELD in Committee for further consideration.                      
  HOUSE BILL 264                                                               
                                                                               
       "An Act levying  and providing for the collection of an                 
       disposition  of  the  proceeds  of  a  fishery resource                 
       landing tax; and providing for an effective date."                      
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE CARL MOSES explained HB 264.  The legislation                 
  will impact those operators who  both catch and process fish                 
  outside  Alaska  and bring  the  processed product  into the                 
  State.  The  legislation is  aimed at catcher/processors  in                 
  the Exclusive  Economic Zone  ("EEZ) that  currently pay  no                 
  Fisheries Business Tax.                                                      
                                                                               
  The EEZ catcher/processors are not  subject to the Fisheries                 
  Business Tax because  it only  applies if fishery  resources                 
  are  either caught  or  processed  in  Alaska.    Since  the                 
  catcher/processors catch and process in the EEZ exclusively,                 
  the Fisheries Business Tax does not apply to them.                           
                                                                               
  Alaska provides  significant benefits  and  services at  the                 
  same  time  incurs fishery  management  costs  to resources.                 
  Coupled with the impact the  operations have on local Alaska                 
  communities, the tax is one way  to compensate the State for                 
  the services.                                                                
                                                                               
  The Fisheries  Business Tax  applies to  unprocessed fishery                 
  resources while the Landing Tax applies to processed fishery                 
  resources.    If  the Fisheries  Business  Tax  applies, the                 
  Landing Tax will never be applicable.   The Landing Tax only                 
  applies if the first landing  is in this State.   The seller                 
  will generally be liable for the tax.  The tax is imposed on                 
  the owner  of the  resource at  the moment  of unloading  or                 
  transfer.                                                                    
                                                                               
  (Tape Change, HFC 93 - 119, Side 1).                                         
                                                                               
  Co-Chair  MacLean  voiced  her  support  of the  legislation                 
  stating that 89%  of the  factory trollers are  from out  of                 
  state.  She pointed out that  the legislation would bring an                 
  additional $8.6 million dollars revenue to the general fund.                 
  Representative Grussendorf  echoed Representative  MacLean's                 
  sentiments.                                                                  
                                                                               
  Representative  Foster referenced a  letter from  the Bering                 
  Sea  Fishing  Association.   He  noted that  the Association                 
                                                                               
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  would  like to  submit an  amendment to  the  legislation to                 
  provide for  a portion of  the money be  placed into  a non-                 
  profit  corporation to  serve specific  fishery governmental                 
  purposes.  He requested additional time for consideration of                 
  the legislation in order to accommodate further testimony.                   
                                                                               
  NORM  COHEN,  INTERIM EXECUTIVE  DIRECTOR,  COASTAL VILLAGES                 
  FISHING COOPERATIVE DEVELOPMENT, JUNEAU, ALASKA, stated that                 
  the amendment in the proposed committee substitute is narrow                 
  and would only allow for companies which are fishing as part                 
  of a community development quota program  to use it as a tax                 
  credit.                                                                      
                                                                               
  He added, the money would then be available for governmental                 
  type purposes in the  communities which are part of  the CDQ                 
  program.    The  amount of  funds  available  is only  $2.90                 
  thousand  dollars, which would not come  from a general fund                 
  share.  The programs are important and the money could allow                 
  for government type investments.                                             
                                                                               
  HB 264 was HELD in Committee for further consideration.                      
  ADJOURNMENT                                                                  
                                                                               
  The meeting adjourned at 10:10 a.m.                                          
                                                                               
                                                                               
                     HOUSE FINANCE COMMITTEE                                   
                         APRIL 23, 1993                                        
                            8:45 A.M.                                          
                                                                               
  TAPE HFC 93 - 118, Side 2, #000 - end.                                       
  TAPE HFC 93 - 119, Side 1, #000 - #332.                                      
                                                                               
  CALL TO ORDER                                                                
                                                                               
  Co-Chair Ron Larson called the meeting of  the House Finance                 
  Committee to order at 8:45 A.M.                                              
                                                                               
  PRESENT                                                                      
                                                                               
  Co-Chair Larson               Representative Brown                           
  Co-Chair MacLean              Representative Foster                          
  Vice-Chair Hanley             Representative Grussendorf                     
  Representative Hoffman        Representative Martin                          
  Representative Navarre        Representative Parnell                         
  Representative Therriault                                                    
                                                                               
  ALSO PRESENT                                                                 
                                                                               
                                                                               
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  Representative   Tom   Brice;  Juanita   Hensley,  Director,                 
  Division of  Motor  Vehicles, Department  of Public  Safety;                 
  Annette Kreitzer,  Aide, Senator  Loren Leman;  Mel Kroseng,                 
  Aide,  Representative  Ramona Barnes;  Representative Bettye                 
  Davis; Representative Carl Moses; Representative Pat Carney;                 
  Norm  Cohen,  Interim  Director,  Coastal  Villages  Fishing                 
  Development, Juneau, Alaska.                                                 
                                                                               
  SUMMARY INFORMATION                                                          
                                                                               
  SB 71     An Act relating to emergency medical services; and                 
            repealing  obsolete  references  to the  Statewide                 
            Health  Coordinating  Council  and health  systems                 
            agencies.                                                          
                                                                               
            HCS SS SB 71 (HESS) was  reported out of Committee                 
            with a "do  pass" recommendation and with  a House                 
            Finance Committee fiscal note.                                     
                                                                               
  SB 84     An Act relating  to fees for  identification cards                 
            and certain motor vehicle licenses and permits; to                 
            licenses issued to drivers and  to revocation of a                 
            license  to drive; and  providing for an effective                 
            date.                                                              
                                                                               
            SB 84 am was reported out  of Committee with a "do                 
            pass" recommendation and  with a zero  fiscal note                 
            by the Department of Public Safety.                                
                                                                               
  HB 83     An Act making  appropriations for construction and                 
            major maintenance of schools; and providing for an                 
            effective date.                                                    
                                                                               
            CS HB 83 (FIN) was reported  out of Committee with                 
            a "do pass" recommendation.                                        
                                                                               
  SB 100    An   Act   making    supplemental   and    special                 
            appropriations   for   the   expenses   of   state                 
            government;   making,   amending,   and  repealing                 
            capital   and   operating    appropriations;   and                 
            providing for an effective date.                                   
                                                                               
            SB  100   was  held   in  Committee  for   further                 
  consideration.                                                               
                                                                               
  HB 264    An Act  providing for a  fishery resource  landing                 
            tax; and providing for an effective date.                          
                                                                               
            HB  264  was   held  in   Committee  for   further                 
            consideration.                                                     
                                                                               
  CONSENT AGENDA:                                                              
                                                                               
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  SB 49     An Act  relating to  preelection reports;  closing                 
            the  two-day  reporting   gap  in  those  reports;                 
            setting  the  date  of  February  15  for   filing                 
            year-end campaign finance  reports; and  requiring                 
            reporting of zero year-end reports.                                
                                                                               
            HCS SB 49 (STA) was reported out of Committee with                 
            a "do pass" recommendation and  with a zero fiscal                 
            note  by  the Department  of  Administration dated                 
            2/01/93.                                                           
                                                                               
  SB 57     An Act relating to employment contributions and to                 
            extending the pilot project for the state training                 
            and  employment  program;  and  providing  for  an                 
            effective date.                                                    
                                                                               
            SB 57  was reported  out of Committee  with a  "do                 
            pass" recommendation  and with a zero  fiscal note                 
            by the Senate Finance Committee dated 4/08/93.                     
                                                                               
  SB 156    An Act amending  the definition of  `municipality'                 
            for  purposes  of  the  human  services  community                 
            matching grant program.                                            
                                                                               
            SB 156  was reported out  of Committee with  a "do                 
            pass" recommendation and with zero fiscal notes by                 
            the Department of Health and Social Services dated                 
            3/24/93  and  the  Department  of  Community   and                 
            Regional Affairs dated 3/24/93.                                    
                                                                               
  SB 162    An  Act  relating  to  the  implementation  of the                 
            federal   emergency    unemployment   compensation                 
            program; making changes  relating to  unemployment                 
            compensation under the  extended benefits  program                 
            and the  supplemental state benefits  program; and                 
            providing for an effective date.                                   
                                                                               
            CS SB 162 (FIN) was reported out of Committee with                 
            "no recommendations"  and with a zero  fiscal note                 
            by the Department of Labor dated 3/12/93.                          
                                                                               
  CONSENT AGENDA:                                                              
                                                                               
  Representative Foster MOVED the Consent Agenda.  There being                 
  NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                             
                                                                               
  SENATE BILL 49                                                               
                                                                               
       "An Act  relating to  preelection reports; closing  the                 
       two-day reporting  gap  in those  reports; setting  the                 
       date  of  February  15  for  filing  year-end  campaign                 
                                                                               
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       finance  reports;  and  requiring   reporting  of  zero                 
       year-end reports."                                                      
                                                                               
  HCS  SB 49  (STA) was reported  out of Committee  with a "do                 
  pass" recommendation  and with  a zero  fiscal  note by  the                 
  Department of Administration dated 2/01/93.                                  
                                                                               
  SENATE BILL 57                                                               
                                                                               
       "An  Act relating  to employment  contributions and  to                 
       extending the pilot project for  the state training and                 
       employment  program;  and  providing for  an  effective                 
       date."                                                                  
                                                                               
  SB  57  was  reported out  of  Committee  with  a "do  pass"                 
  recommendation and with  a zero  fiscal note  by the  Senate                 
  Finance Committee dated 4/08/93.                                             
                                                                               
  SENATE BILL 156                                                              
                                                                               
       "An Act amending  the definition of `municipality'  for                 
       purposes of the human services community matching grant                 
       program."                                                               
                                                                               
  SB  156  was reported  out  of  Committee with  a  "do pass"                 
  recommendation and with zero fiscal  notes by the Department                 
  of  Health  and  Social  Services   dated  3/24/93  and  the                 
  Department of Community and Regional Affairs dated 3/24/93.                  
                                                                               
  SENATE BILL 162                                                              
                                                                               
       "An Act relating  to the implementation of  the federal                 
       emergency  unemployment  compensation  program;  making                 
       changes relating to unemployment compensation under the                 
       extended benefits  program and  the supplemental  state                 
       benefits program; and providing for an effective date."                 
                                                                               
  CS  SB  162 (FIN)  was reported  out  of Committee  with "no                 
  recommendations"  and  with  a  zero   fiscal  note  by  the                 
  Department of Labor dated 3/12/93.                                           
                                                                               
  SENATE BILL 84                                                               
                                                                               
       "An Act relating  to fees for identification  cards and                 
       certain motor vehicle licenses and permits; to licenses                 
       issued to  drivers and  to revocation  of a license  to                 
       drive; and providing for an effective date."                            
                                                                               
  JUANITA  HENSLEY,  DIRECTOR,  DIVISION  OF  MOTOR  VEHICLES,                 
  DEPARTMENT  OF  PUBLIC  SAFETY,  stated  that SB  84  amends                 
  current law by  requiring a holographic symbol  be placed on                 
  driver's license and identification cards to prevent illegal                 
                                                                               
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  alteration or duplication.  The bill also adds a new section                 
  to Alaska's  motor vehicle  driver's license  of any  person                 
  under the age of 21 who uses a drivers license as fraudulent                 
  or  false  identification in  an  attempt to  gain  entry or                 
  purchase alcohol from a liquor establishment.                                
                                                                               
  Ms. Hensley noted  that the  fiscal note passed  out by  the                 
  Senate  Finance  Committee  would   not  be  sufficient   to                 
  adequately address  the  Legislation.   She  encouraged  the                 
  House Finance Committee to adopt the fiscal note provided by                 
  the Department of Public Safety.                                             
                                                                               
  Representative  Martin MOVED  to  report  SB  84 am  out  of                 
  Committee  with  individual  recommendations  and  with  the                 
  fiscal note by the Department of Public Safety.  There being                 
  NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                             
                                                                               
  SB  84 am was  reported out  of Committee  with a  "do pass"                 
  recommendation and with a zero fiscal note by the Department                 
  of Public Safety.                                                            
                                                                               
  SENATE BILL NO. 71                                                           
                                                                               
       "An  Act relating  to emergency  medical services;  and                 
       repealing obsolete references  to the Statewide  Health                 
       Coordinating Council and health systems agencies."                      
                                                                               
  Representative Foster MOVED to report HCS SS SB 71 (HES) out                 
  of Committee  with individual  recommendations and with  the                 
  accompanying  fiscal notes.   Representative  Brown OBJECTED                 
  for further questioning.                                                     
                                                                               
  ANNETTE KREITZER, AIDE, SENATOR  LOREN LEMAN, explained that                 
  Sections 9 &  10 address patient  information systems.   She                 
  added,  the  sponsor   submitted  a  fiscal  note   for  the                 
  Committee's   consideration   of   $140  thousand   dollars.                 
  Representative Foster MOVED the $140 thousand dollars fiscal                 
  note.  Representative  Brown WITHDREW her OBJECTION.   There                 
  being NO further OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                               
                                                                               
  CS SS SB 71 (HES) was  reported out of Committee with a  "do                 
  pass" recommendation  and with  a fiscal  note by  the House                 
  Finance Committee.                                                           
                                                                               
  HOUSE BILL NO. 83                                                            
                                                                               
       "An Act  making  appropriations  for  construction  and                 
       major  maintenance  of schools;  and  providing for  an                 
       effective date."                                                        
                                                                               
  Representative Hanley  provide the Committee  with Amendment                 
                                                                               
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  the Anchorage  School district  from school construction  to                 
  school  maintenance.   The shift  would provide  75% of  the                 
  amount  needed  to   complete  roof  repairs  to   the  Spur                 
  Elementary School.   Representative  Hanley MOVED  Amendment                 
                                                                               
  Representative Martin MOVED CS HB 83  (FIN) out of Committee                 
  with  individual  recommendations.   Representative  Navarre                 
  OBJECTED.                                                                    
                                                                               
  Representative Navarre requested an additional $8.2  million                 
  dollars for the new  Kenai Elementary School.  He  MOVED the                 
  additional  allocation to  Page 2, Line  12, noting  that it                 
  would  increase the  amount  included in  Section  2.   This                 
  amount  would provide  70% of  the project  cost.   Co-Chair                 
  MacLean  OBJECTED  noting  that the  addition  had  not been                 
  submitted  for the  priority list.   Representative  Navarre                 
  argued  that  the  priority  list   had  been  submitted  by                 
  Representative John Davies.                                                  
                                                                               
  A roll call was taken on the MOTION.                                         
                                                                               
       IN FAVOR:      Navarre, Brown, Grussendorf, Hoffman.                    
                                                                               
       OPPOSED:       Parnell,  Therriault,  Foster,   Hanley,                 
                      Martin, Larson, MacLean.                                 
                                                                               
  The MOTION FAILED, (4-7).                                                    
                                                                               
  The MOTION to MOVE the  bill from Committee was  reiterated.                 
  Representative  Navarre  OBJECTED.    He  advised  that  the                 
  allocation  of  funds had  not  fairly been  distributed and                 
  emphasized that the  priority list did not  reflect areas of                 
  impact or growth.  There is  little flexibility in the list.                 
                                                                               
                                                                               
  A roll call was taken on the MOTION.                                         
                                                                               
       IN FAVOR:      Parnell,   Therriault,  Brown,   Foster,                 
                      Grussendorf,  Hanley,  Hoffman,  Martin,                 
                      MacLean, Larson.                                         
                                                                               
       OPPOSED:       Navarre.                                                 
                                                                               
  The MOTION PASSED, (10-1).                                                   
                                                                               
  CS HB  83 (FIN)  was reported out  of Committee  with a  "do                 
  pass" recommendation.                                                        
                                                                               
  SENATE BILL 100                                                              
                                                                               
       "An Act making supplemental  and special appropriations                 
                                                                               
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       for the expenses of state government; making, amending,                 
       and repealing capital and operating appropriations; and                 
       providing for an effective date."                                       
                                                                               
  Co-Chair  Larson pointed  out  the  Committee had  completed                 
  Sections 1  - 74 at  the previous  meeting.  Section  75 was                 
  adopted.    Sections 76  -  79 are  currently  in discussion                 
  between the House and the Senate budget meetings.                            
                                                                               
  Section  80  provides  $30 thousand  dollars  for  the Sitka                 
  Campus  of  the  Katlian  Vocation  School.   Representative                 
  Martin asked if these projects were currently  listed in the                 
  University budget.   Representative Grussendorf stated  that                 
  this component was not included  in the University's budget.                 
  Representative Grussendorf MOVED Section  #80.  There  being                 
  NO OBJECTION, Section #80 was adopted.                                       
                                                                               
  Representative  Brown understood  that  Section #75  was the                 
  same component included  in the  capital budget request  for                 
  $1.7 million  dollars.  She  felt it was  not needed in  the                 
  proposed legislation.                                                        
                                                                               
  MEL  KROSENG, AIDE,  REPRESENTATIVE  RAMONA BARNES,  advised                 
  that  it is  the Speaker's  request that  the allocation  be                 
  funded  in  the  supplemental  so  that  the  Department  of                 
  Corrections can begin Project Hope this year.                                
                                                                               
  Representative Brown REMOVED  her OBJECTION noting that  the                 
  Department of  Correction's budget is  seriously underfunded                 
  and  she  would  like  to  encourage  as many  resources  as                 
  possible for that agency.  There being NO FURTHER OBJECTION,                 
  Section 75 was adopted.                                                      
                                                                               
  SB 100 was HELD in Committee for further consideration.                      
                                                                               
  HOUSE BILL 264                                                               
                                                                               
       "An Act levying and providing  for the collection of an                 
       disposition  of  the  proceeds  of  a  fishery resource                 
       landing tax; and providing for an effective date."                      
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE CARL MOSES explained HB 264.  The legislation                 
  will impact those operators who both  catch and process fish                 
  outside  Alaska  and bring  the  processed product  into the                 
  State.  The  legislation is  aimed at catcher/processors  in                 
  the Exclusive  Economic Zone  ("EEZ) that  currently pay  no                 
  Fisheries Business Tax.                                                      
                                                                               
  The EEZ catcher/processors are not  subject to the Fisheries                 
  Business Tax because  it only  applies if fishery  resources                 
  are  either  caught  or  processed in  Alaska.    Since  the                 
  catcher/processors catch and process in the EEZ exclusively,                 
                                                                               
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  the Fisheries Business Tax does not apply to them.                           
                                                                               
  Alaska  provides significant  benefits and  services at  the                 
  same  time incurs  fishery  management costs  to  resources.                 
  Coupled with  the impact the operations have on local Alaska                 
  communities, the tax is one way  to compensate the State for                 
  the services.                                                                
                                                                               
  The  Fisheries Business Tax  applies to  unprocessed fishery                 
  resources while the Landing Tax applies to processed fishery                 
  resources.    If  the Fisheries  Business  Tax  applies, the                 
  Landing Tax will never be applicable.   The Landing Tax only                 
  applies  if the first landing is  in this State.  The seller                 
  will generally be liable for the tax.  The tax is imposed on                 
  the owner  of the  resource at  the moment  of unloading  or                 
  transfer.                                                                    
                                                                               
  (Tape Change, HFC 93 - 119, Side 1).                                         
                                                                               
  Co-Chair MacLean  voiced  her  support  of  the  legislation                 
  stating that 89%  of the  factory trollers are  from out  of                 
  state.  She pointed out that  the legislation would bring an                 
  additional $8.6 million dollars revenue to the general fund.                 
  Representative Grussendorf  echoed Representative  MacLean's                 
  sentiments.                                                                  
                                                                               
  Representative  Foster referenced  a letter from  the Bering                 
  Sea  Fishing  Association.   He  noted that  the Association                 
  would  like to  submit an  amendment to  the legislation  to                 
  provide for a  portion of the  money be placed  into a  non-                 
  profit corporation  to serve  specific fishery  governmental                 
  purposes.  He requested additional time for consideration of                 
  the legislation in order to accommodate further testimony.                   
                                                                               
  NORM  COHEN, INTERIM  EXECUTIVE  DIRECTOR, COASTAL  VILLAGES                 
  FISHING COOPERATIVE DEVELOPMENT, JUNEAU, ALASKA, stated that                 
  the amendment in the proposed committee substitute is narrow                 
  and would only allow for companies which are fishing as part                 
  of a community development quota program  to use it as a tax                 
  credit.                                                                      
                                                                               
  He added, the money would then be available for governmental                 
  type purposes in the  communities which are part of  the CDQ                 
  program.   The  amount  of  funds available  is  only  $2.90                 
  thousand dollars, which  would not come from a  general fund                 
  share.  The programs are important and the money could allow                 
  for government type investments.                                             
                                                                               
  HB 264 was HELD in Committee for further consideration.                      
                                                                               
  ADJOURNMENT                                                                  
                                                                               
                                                                               
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  The meeting adjourned at 10:10 a.m.                                          
                                                                               
                                                                               
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