Legislature(1993 - 1994)

01/25/1994 01:40 PM FIN

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                     HOUSE FINANCE COMMITTEE                                   
                        January 25, 1994                                       
                            1:30 p.m.                                          
                                                                               
  TAPE HFC 94-15, Side 2, #000 - end.                                          
  TAPE HFC 94-16, Side 1, #000 - 382.                                          
                                                                               
  CALL TO ORDER                                                                
                                                                               
  Co-Chair Larson called the House  Finance Committee to order                 
  at 1:30 p.m.                                                                 
                                                                               
  PRESENT                                                                      
                                                                               
  Co-Chair Larson             Representative Martin                            
  Vice-Chair Hanley           Representative Navarre                           
  Representative Brown        Representative Parnell                           
  Representative Foster       Representative Therriault                        
  Representative Grussendorf                                                   
                                                                               
  Co-Chair MacLean and Representative Hoffman were not present                 
  for the meeting.                                                             
                                                                               
  ALSO PRESENT                                                                 
                                                                               
  Representative  Davies;  Mike Greany,  Director, Legislative                 
  Finance  Division;  Keith   Kelton,  Director,  Division  of                 
  Facility  Construction  and  Operation;   Remond  Henderson,                 
  Director, Division of Administrative Service, Department  of                 
  Community   and   Regional    Affairs;   John   A.   Sandor,                 
  Commissioner, Department of Environmental  Conservation; Bob                 
  Poe, Director,  Division of  Information and  Administrative                 
  Services,  Department  of Environmental  Conservation; Bruce                 
  Geraghty, Deputy Commissioner,  Department of Community  and                 
  Regional Affairs;  Dean Guaneli,  Chief, Assistant  Attorney                 
  General, Department of Law.                                                  
                                                                               
  SUMMARY INFORMATION                                                          
                                                                               
  AGENCY BUDGET OVERVIEW:                                                      
       DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY AND REGIONAL AFFAIRS                            
       DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION                                
                                                                               
  SB 19"    An Act relating to the crime of conspiracy."                       
                                                                               
            HCS CSSB 19  (FIN) was  reported out of  Committee                 
            with  a "do  pass"  recommendation  and with  four                 
            fiscal  impact  notes, two  by  the Department  of                 
            Administration,   one   by   the   Department   of                 
            Corrections and  one by  the Alaska Court  System;                 
            and  with  two  zero  fiscal  notes,  one  by  the                 
            Department of  Law and  one by  the Department  of                 
                                                                               
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            Public Safety.                                                     
                                                                               
       AGENCY BUDGET OVERVIEWS:                                                
                                                                               
  (*Copies  of log  notes, meeting  tapes and handouts  are on                 
  file with the  Legislative Finance Division.   Contact #465-                 
  3795).                                                                       
                                                                               
  Log #     DISCUSSION                                                         
                                                                               
  HFC 15-1                                                                     
       Service, Department of Community  and Regional Affairs;                 
       provided  members  with  a  handout, Summary  of  Major                 
       Budget Changes from FY 94 to FY 95 (copy on file).                      
                                                                               
       Grant would be eliminated.                                              
                                                                               
       Program, Homeowners' Property Tax Exemption Program and                 
       Renters Rebate Program are being  eliminated.  He noted                 
       that Municipal Assistance and Revenue Sharing are being                 
       reduced by 50 percent.                                                  
                                                                               
       created within the Department of Community and Regional                 
       Affairs.    The Division  will contain  two components,                 
       Energy Operations and Power Cost Equalization.                          
                                                                               
       positions transferred  to the  Department of  Community                 
       and  Regional  Affairs'  Division of  Energy  (copy  on                 
       file).                                                                  
                                                                               
       Equalization  has  been  increased  from  $17,920.0  to                 
       $18635.0 thousand dollars.                                              
                                                                               
       are  still responsible for the Homeowners' Property Tax                 
       Exemption Program and Renters Rebate Programs.                          
                                                                               
       the  floor  of  $25.0  thousand  dollars will  be  held                 
       harmless.  Mr. Henderson agreed that communities  would                 
       not receive less than the $25.0 thousand dollars floor.                 
                                                                               
       Bruce  Geraghty,  Deputy  Commissioner,  Department  of                 
       Community  and  Regional  Affairs  explained  that  the                 
       Department  is  considering  combining   the  Municipal                 
                                                                               
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       Assistance and Revenue Sharing Programs.                                
                                                                               
       League has made combining the programs a priority.                      
                                                                               
       roads maintenance within  the Revenue Sharing  Program.                 
       He expressed concern that communities are only required                 
       to spend 20  percent of the funds appropriated  for ice                 
       road maintenance on actually maintenance.                               
                                                                               
       determined that  the services  provided  by the  Alaska                 
       Legal Services were unnecessary.   Mr. Geraghty replied                 
       that the  program was  treated as  a designated  grant.                 
       All designated grants were eliminated.                                  
                                                                               
       reduced  as a result of  the program eliminations.  Mr.                 
       Geraghty  replied that  no positions would  be deleted.                 
       He  noted that  personnel administering  the eliminated                 
       programs have  other responsibilities.   Mr.  Henderson                 
       referred to  the previous  handout detailing  positions                 
       within the department.                                                  
                                                                               
       Environmental Conservation provided members with backup                 
       material for the Department's overview  (copy on file).                 
       He reviewed his written remarks (copy on file).                         
                                                                               
       reduced by  37 positions.  Fifteen of the positions are                 
       due to layoffs.                                                         
                                                                               
       disruptions due to budget cuts.                                         
                                                                               
       receipts in FY 94 were high.                                            
                                                                               
       increments and decrements as listed in the handouts.                    
                                                                               
       Administrative  Services,  Department  of Environmental                 
       Conservation  discussed  the  $500.0   thousand  dollar                 
       increment in the Air Quality  Component.  He noted that                 
       there were insufficient  program receipts available for                 
       start-up and development of the Air Permit Program.                     
                                                                               
       dollar  increment  for  research  associated with  auto                 
                                                                               
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       emissions under  sub-arctic climatic  conditions.   The                 
       research will  assess the  effectiveness of  oxygenated                 
       fuels.  He noted the importance of oxygenated fuels for                 
       Anchorage and  Fairbanks to maintain  federal Clean Air                 
       Act standards.                                                          
                                                                               
       solid  and   hazardous  waste  permits  are  too  high.                 
       Representative Therriault echoed his concerns.                          
                                                                               
       and  Audit  Committee  audit  called  for  a  statewide                 
       solution for collection of solid and hazard wastes.                     
                                                                               
       the Department of Environmental Conservation.  He noted                 
       that  the   Department  is  proposing   legislation  to                 
       establish a wide variety of cooperative agreements with                 
       local  communities.   The Department  intends to  allow                 
       federal  participation  in  cooperative agreements  and                 
       communities to access and collect fees.                                 
                                                                               
       Construction  and  Operation  discussed legislation  to                 
       expand the provisions of the revolving loan fund.                       
                                                                               
  (Tape Change, HFC 94-16, Side 1)                                             
                                                                               
       Fund.                                                                   
                                                                               
       concluded at 2:20 p.m.                                                  
                                                                               
  Co-Chair Larson reconvened the full  House Finance Committee                 
  meeting  at  2:25  p.m.,  in  order  to  discussed  proposed                 
  legislation.                                                                 
                                                                               
  SENATE BILL 19                                                               
                                                                               
       An Act relating to the crime of conspiracy."                            
                                                                               
  During the 1/21/94 House Finance Committee meeting, HCS CSSB                 
  19  (FIN) was reported  out with a  "do pass" recommendation                 
  and with four fiscal impact notes,  two by the Department of                 
  Administration, one by the Department of Corrections and one                 
  by the Alaska Court System; and  with two zero fiscal notes,                 
  one by the Department  of Law and one  by the Department  of                 
  Public Safety.                                                               
                                                                               
  Members discussed rescinding  their action to move  HCS CSSB                 
                                                                               
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  (FIN) out of Committee.                                                      
                                                                               
  Representative  Brown  provided   members  with  a  proposed                 
  amendment, Amendment 5A (copy on file).  She explained  that                 
  the  amendment  would  further  define  how the  statute  of                 
  limitations would be calculated.                                             
                                                                               
  DEAN GUANELI,  CHIEF ASSISTANT  ATTORNEY, DEPARTMENT OF  LAW                 
  spoke  in  support of  the amendment.    He agreed  that the                 
  amendment would clarify the  legislation.  Members discussed                 
  the  statute  of  limitations.   Mr.  Guaneli  explained the                 
  statute  of limitations  as  applied  to different  criminal                 
  offenses.                                                                    
                                                                               
  Representative Brown MOVED to RESCIND the Committee's action                 
  in   reporting   HCS   CSSB   (FIN)   out    of   Committee.                 
  Representative Martin OBJECTED.  A roll call vote  was taken                 
  on the motion.                                                               
                                                                               
  IN FAVOR: Brown,  Grussendorf,  Hanley,   Navarre,  Parnell,                 
                 Therriault, Larson                                            
                                                                               
  OPPOSED:  Martin                                                             
                                                                               
  Representatives Foster, Hoffman and MacLean were not present                 
  for the vote.                                                                
                                                                               
  The MOTION PASSED (7-1).                                                     
                                                                               
  Representative   Brown   MOVED   to  ADOPT   AMENDMENT   5A.                 
  Representative Martin OBJECTED.  A roll call vote was  taken                 
  on the motion.                                                               
                                                                               
  IN FAVOR: Brown,  Grussendorf,  Hanley,   Navarre,  Parnell,                 
                 Therriault, Larson                                            
                                                                               
  OPPOSED:  Martin                                                             
                                                                               
  Representatives Foster, Hoffman and MacLean were not present                 
  for the vote.                                                                
                                                                               
  The MOTION PASSED (7-1).                                                     
                                                                               
  Representative Hanley MOVED to report HCS CSSB 19  (FIN) out                 
  of Committee  with individual  recommendations and  with the                 
  accompanying fiscal notes.  There being NO OBJECTION, it was                 
  so ordered.                                                                  
                                                                               
  HCS  CSSB 19 (FIN) was reported out  of Committee with a "do                 
  pass" recommendation and with four  fiscal impact notes, two                 
  by the Department  of Administration, one by  the Department                 
  of Corrections and one by the  Alaska Court System; and with                 
                                                                               
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  two zero fiscal notes, one by the  Department of Law and one                 
  by the Department of Public Safety.                                          
  ADJOURNMENT                                                                  
                                                                               
  The meeting adjourned at 2:38 p.m.                                           
                                                                               
                                                                               
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