Legislature(1993 - 1994)

02/17/1994 01:30 PM FIN

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                     HOUSE FINANCE COMMITTEE                                   
                        February 17, 1994                                      
                            1:30 a.m.                                          
                                                                               
                                                                               
  TAPE HFC 94-36, Side 1, #000 - end.                                          
  TAPE HFC 94-36, Side 2, #000 - end.                                          
  TAPE HFC 94-37, Side 1, #000 - 390.                                          
                                                                               
  CALL TO ORDER                                                                
                                                                               
  Co-Chair Larson called the House  Finance Committee to order                 
  at 1:30 p.m.                                                                 
                                                                               
  PRESENT                                                                      
                                                                               
  Co-Chair Larson             Representative Hoffman                           
  Co-Chair MacLean            Representative Martin                            
  Vice-Chair Hanley           Representative Navarre                           
  Representative Brown        Representative Parnell                           
  Representative Foster                                                        
                                                                               
  Representatives Therriault and  Grussendorf were not present                 
  for the meeting.                                                             
                                                                               
  ALSO PRESENT                                                                 
                                                                               
  Representative Brian Porter;  Representative Harley  Olberg;                 
  Margot  Knuth, Criminal Division,  Department of  Law; Karen                 
  Crane, Director, Libraries, Archives and Museums, Department                 
  of Education;  George  Dozier,  Staff,  Representative  Pete                 
  Kott;                                                                        
  Gary   Williams,  City  Manager,  City  of  Whittier;  Helen                 
  Barrett, Alaska anchorage  School of  Education; Sally  Rue,                 
  Juneau Board of Education; Skip Via, Teacher, Fairbanks; Jim                 
  Schaeffer,  Bethel;  Donna  Peterson,  Nikiski; Gary  Hynes,                 
  Anchorage Cable  Company, Zachary  Via, Student,  Fairbanks;                 
  Jessie Noah, Student, Fairbanks.                                             
                                                                               
  SUMMARY INFORMATION                                                          
                                                                               
  HB 106    "An   Act   establishing   the  Alaska   education                 
            technology program; and providing for an effective                 
            date."                                                             
                                                                               
            CSHB 106 (FIN) was reported  out of Committee with                 
            individual recommendations and  with three  fiscal                 
            impact notes, two by the  Department of Education,                 
            and one by the Department of Revenue.                              
                                                                               
  HB 313    "An  Act  relating  to   suspended  imposition  of                 
                                                                               
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            criminal  sentences  and  to the  period  in which                 
            suspension  of  the  imposition  of  sentence  for                 
            conviction of the crime  of disorderly conduct may                 
            be authorized."                                                    
                                                                               
            CSHB 313 (JUD) was reported  out of Committee with                 
            a  "do  pass"  recommendation  and with  six  zero                 
            fiscal  notes   published  2/9/94,   two  by   the                 
            Department   of   Administration,   one   by   the                 
            Department of Law, one by the Department of Public                 
            Safety, one by the Department of Corrections,  and                 
            one by the Alaska Court System.                                    
                                                                               
  HB 315    "An Act  relating to  the unauthorized  use of  or                 
            unauthorized  interference  with  transmission and                 
            delivery  of  subscription  cable   services;  and                 
            amending the definition of the offense of theft of                 
            services and the penalties for its violation."                     
                                                                               
            CSHB 315 (JUD) was reported  out of Committee with                 
            a  "do  pass" recommendation  and with  three zero                 
            fiscal   notes,   two   by   the   Department   of                 
            Administration, published  2/2/94 and  one by  the                 
            Department of Law.                                                 
                                                                               
  HB 397    "An Act  relating to  the power  to levy  property                 
            taxes in second class cities."                                     
                                                                               
            SSHB 397 was reported out  of Committee with a "do                 
            pass"  recommendation and with  a zero fiscal note                 
            by  the  Department  of   Community  and  Regional                 
            Affairs, published 2/4/94.                                         
  HOUSE BILL NO. 315                                                           
                                                                               
       "An  Act  relating  to  the   unauthorized  use  of  or                 
       unauthorized   interference   with   transmission   and                 
       delivery of  subscription cable services;  and amending                 
       the definition of the offense of theft  of services and                 
       the penalties for its violation."                                       
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE  BRIAN  PORTER asserted  that CSHB  315 (JUD)                 
  "fills a hole in existing criminal  statute within the State                 
  of Alaska."  He explained that CSHB 315 (JUD) will allow the                 
  illegal interception and  use of  cable transmissions to  be                 
  controlled.   He  asserted that  current law  does  not deal                 
  appropriately with the  theft of  cable transmissions.   Two                 
  levels of sanctions  are created by  CSHB 315 (JUD).   Those                 
  that intentionally use the services  of illegal apparatus to                 
  capture an unauthorized transmission  could be found  guilty                 
  of a Class A misdemeanor.  Individuals who manufacture, sell                 
  or distribute illegal devices would be  charged with a class                 
                                                                               
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  C felony.   He stressed that  the legislation is  especially                 
  important in Alaska due to the small population base.                        
                                                                               
  In   response   to   a   question   by   Co-Chair   MacLean,                 
  Representative Porter  clarified that a  misdemeanor offense                 
  carries less than a year penalty.                                            
                                                                               
  MARGOT KNUTH,  CRIMINAL DIVISION, DEPARTMENT OF LAW stressed                 
  that  CSHB 315  (JUD) gives  a value to  the theft  of cable                 
  services.  Theft  in the third  degree is applicable if  the                 
  value of the property taken is between $50 and $500 dollars.                 
  She observed that the legislation  would place the value  of                 
  the theft of  subscription cable serves  at between $50  and                 
  $500 dollars, making it a third degree theft.  She suggested                 
  that it would  be likely  that the theft  of cable  services                 
  will have occurred over  several months.  However,  it would                 
  be difficult to  prove that  the duration of  the theft  was                 
  more than a month.   A month of cable subscription would  be                 
  less than $50.                                                               
                                                                               
  Ms. Knuth  explained  that the  class  C felony  offense  or                 
  second  degree  theft  offense  would  apply  to  those  who                 
  knowingly distribute  equipment  which allows  the theft  to                 
  occur.  She  noted that other  class C felonies include  the                 
  theft  of  a firearm,  taking  property from  the  person of                 
  another and taking property from a vessel or aircraft.                       
                                                                               
  In response  to a  question by  Representative Parnell,  Ms.                 
  Knuth clarified that it must be demonstrated that the device                 
  is possessed "for the purpose of intercepting, receiving, or                 
  using a program or other service carried by the subscription                 
  cable system".                                                               
                                                                               
  Representative  Hoffman  asked  if   those  acquiring  cable                 
  services  illegally were required to pay  for the service if                 
  reduced rates to subscribers  would result.   Representative                 
  Porter   stressed   that  cable   companies   must  maximize                 
  subscriptions in order to offer services in rural Alaska.                    
                                                                               
  GARY HYNES,  PRIME CABLE, ANCHORAGE emphasized  that capital                 
  is needed to expand services into rural areas.                               
                                                                               
  In  response   to  a  question  by  Representative  Navarre,                 
  Representative Porter explained that satellite dishes  would                 
  not be covered by the legislation.                                           
                                                                               
  Co-Chair  MacLean MOVED  to  report CSHB  315  (JUD) out  of                 
  Committee  with  individual  recommendations  and  with  the                 
  accompanying fiscal notes.  There being NO OBJECTION, it was                 
  so ordered.                                                                  
                                                                               
  CSHB 315  (JUD) was  reported out  of Committee  with a  "do                 
                                                                               
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  pass" recommendation and  with three zero fiscal  notes, two                 
  by  the Department of  Administration, published  2/2/94 and                 
  one by the Department of Law.                                                
  HOUSE BILL NO. 313                                                           
                                                                               
       "An Act relating  to suspended  imposition of  criminal                 
       sentences and to the period in which suspension  of the                 
       imposition of sentence  for conviction of the  crime of                 
       disorderly conduct may be authorized."                                  
                                                                               
                                                                               
  GEORGE DOZIER,  STAFF, REPRESENTATIVE  PETE KOTT  summarized                 
  CSHB 313 (JUD).   He  noted that the  legislation amends  AS                 
  12.55.085(a).  This section grants authority to the court to                 
  bestow a suspended imposition of sentence in criminal cases.                 
  He  noted that  aN  individual found  guilty of  violating a                 
  criminal  conviction  could  be  put  on probation  under  a                 
  suspended  imposition  of  sentence.     If  the  individual                 
  complies  with  all  the  terms   and  conditions  of  their                 
  probation,  sentence  is  not  imposed  and  the  underlying                 
  judgement is  vacated.     He explained  that the  suspended                 
  imposition  of  sentence  (SIS)  is  generally employed  for                 
  offenses that  are not of  a serious  or grave  nature.   He                 
  observed  that  SIS's commonly  involve  youthful offenders.                 
  The  SIS is  limited to the  length of time  that the person                 
  could receive as jail time for the crime, under current law.                 
  He noted that some class B  misdemeanors are limited to 10 -                 
  90 days  of jail time.  He maintained that  the 10 - 90 days                 
  is  not sufficient for  the offender  to be  observed during                 
  suspended  imposition of  sentence.   The legislation  would                 
  allow the  SIS to be  equal to the  amount of time  a person                 
  could be sentenced  to jail or up to one  year, whichever is                 
  the greater amount.  He noted that only class B misdemeanors                 
  would be effected.                                                           
                                                                               
  Representative  Navarre  asked if  there  would be  a fiscal                 
  impact if the probation is  increased.  Mr. Dozier explained                 
  that the probation does not include active monitoring of the                 
  offender.  At the end of the probation period the offender's                 
  file is consulted and  if no petitions for revocations  have                 
  been filed the judgement is vacated.                                         
                                                                               
  In response  to a question  by Co-Chair MacLean,  Mr. Dozier                 
  explained that if  an offender commits a violation  while on                 
  SIS the court has the ability to revoke probation and impose                 
  the original sentence.                                                       
                                                                               
  Ms. Knuth observed that the Department of Law, Department of                 
  Corrections  and  Alaska  Court   System  all  support   the                 
  legislation.    She maintained  that  CSHB 313  (JUD) allows                 
  courts to use SIS  in more cases.  She noted  that the court                 
                                                                               
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  is not entering  SIS's in cases  currently due to the  short                 
  period of probation.   She anticipated that  more SIS's will                 
  be issued if the legislation is passed.  She emphasized that                 
  the  records of  offenders  will  be  vacated if  they  have                 
  complied  with  the  conditions  of  their probation.    She                 
  expounded  that  the  court  has  requested  that  SIS's  be                 
  expanded to a one year period.                                               
                                                                               
  In  response  to a  question  by Representative  Martin, Ms.                 
  Knuth clarified  that Alaska  statute addresses  which cases                 
  can be granted a SIS.  She noted that SIS's cannot be issued                 
  for sexual offenses.                                                         
                                                                               
  Co-Chair  MacLean MOVED  to  report CSHB  313  (JUD) out  of                 
  Committee  with  individual  recommendations  and  with  the                 
  accompanying fiscal notes.  There being NO OBJECTION, it was                 
  so ordered.                                                                  
                                                                               
  CSHB 313  (JUD) was  reported out  of Committee  with a  "do                 
  pass"  recommendation  and   with  six  zero   fiscal  notes                 
  published 2/9/94, two  by the Department of  Administration,                 
  one  by  the Department  of Law,  one  by the  Department of                 
  Public Safety, one by the Department of Corrections, and one                 
  by the Alaska Court System.                                                  
  HOUSE BILL NO. 397                                                           
                                                                               
       "An Act relating to the power to levy property taxes in                 
       second class cities.                                                    
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE  HARLEY  OLBERG  noted   that  SSHB  397  was                 
  requested by the City  of Whittier.  He explained  that SSHB
  397 would place  second class  cities at the  same level  as                 
  first  class  cities and  home rule  cities in  statute with                 
  regards to  their taxing ability.   This would  allow second                 
  class  cities to raise  additional revenues.   He noted that                 
  second class cities  are facing  reductions in state  shared                 
  funding sources.                                                             
                                                                               
  Representative Hanley asked if  formulas for revenue sharing                 
  (RS)   or  municipal  assistance  (MA)  would  be  effected.                 
  Representative  Olberg  did not  believe revenue  sharing or                 
  municipal assistance would be effected.                                      
                                                                               
  Representative  Hanley questioned  if educational  powers of                 
  cities  would be effected.   Mr. Olberg stressed that second                 
  class cities would be  on an equal footing with  first class                 
  and home rule  cities in  regards to their  ability to  tax.                 
  Statutes regarding the  requirement of first class  and home                 
  rule cities to provide education would not be effected.                      
                                                                               
  Representative Hanley  expressed concern  that second  class                 
                                                                               
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  cities would be allowed  to tax to the level of  first class                 
  cities  but would  not  be allowed  to  take over  education                 
  responsibilities.    Representative  Olberg reiterated  that                 
  there  is   no  intention  to   impact  statutes   regarding                 
  education.                                                                   
                                                                               
  Representative Navarre commented that  revenue sharing would                 
  be impacted since it is based on local tax effort.  He added                 
  that the impact would not be significant.                                    
                                                                               
  Representative Hanley noted that AS  29.35.260 states that a                 
  "second  class  city  outside  a  borough  is not  a  school                 
  district and may not establish a system of public schools."                  
                                                                               
  Representative  Martin stressed  that increased  revenues of                 
  second class cities would allow resolution of more community                 
  problems.                                                                    
                                                                               
  GARY WILLIAMS, CITY OF WHITTIER testified in support of SSHB
  397.  He emphasized  that there are 117 second  class cities                 
  in  Alaska.    He  observed  that  second class  cities  are                 
  dependent  on outside  revenue  sources  such  as  municipal                 
  assistance and revenue sharing.                                              
                                                                               
  Mr. Williams pointed  out that  the assessed  value of  real                 
  property in Whittier is $33.5 million dollars.   After state                 
  allowed exemptions are  deducted the taxable  assessed value                 
  is only  $8.3 million  dollars.   He noted  that the  Alaska                 
  Railroad owns  60 percent  of the  land in  Whittier and  is                 
  exempt  from  paying city  tax.   At  5  mills  the city  of                 
  Whittier can only  raise $40.0 thousand dollars  on assessed                 
  property value.  He asserted that:   "It is inappropriate to                 
  tie  a  knot in  the shared  revenue  stream and  yet expect                 
  second class cities to  not only survive but to  be actively                 
  involved in developing  local economies."  He  observed that                 
  the  Whittier City Council  is in unanimous  support of SSHB
  397.                                                                         
                                                                               
  Representative  Hoffman spoke in  support of  SSHB 397.   He                 
  emphasized that second class cities have grown accustomed to                 
  receiving state support through RS and MA.  He stressed that                 
  some second class  cities do  not collect taxes  due to  the                 
  inability  to   administer  the   paper  work  involved   in                 
  collection  of taxes.    He asserted  that services  will be                 
  diminished if a revenue source is not provided to substitute                 
  for lost state support.                                                      
                                                                               
  (Tape Change, HFC 94-36, Side 2)                                             
                                                                               
  Representative  Foster  MOVED  to  report  SSHB 397  out  of                 
  Committee  with  individual  recommendations  and  with  the                 
  accompanying fiscal note.                                                    
                                                                               
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  Representative Navarre  OBJECTED for purpose  of discussion.                 
  He  expressed  support  for  the  legislation's  intent  but                 
  suggested that a better method might be found.                               
                                                                               
  Mr. Williams  clarified, in  response to  a question  by Co-                 
  Chair Larson, that the city of  Whittier's accessed value is                 
  reduced  by  the  ownership of  exempted  railroad  land and                 
  facilities.                                                                  
                                                                               
  Co-Chair Larson reiterated the motion to report SSHB 397 out                 
  of Committee  with individual  recommendations and  with the                 
  accompanying fiscal note.  There being NO OBJECTION, it  was                 
  so ordered.                                                                  
                                                                               
  SSHB 397  was reported  out of  Committee with  a "do  pass"                 
  recommendation and with a zero fiscal note by the Department                 
  of Community and Regional Affairs, published 2/4/94.                         
  HOUSE BILL NO. 106                                                           
                                                                               
       "An Act  establishing the  Alaska education  technology                 
       program; and providing for an effective date."                          
                                                                               
  Representative Brown noted that CSHB  106 (JUD) would create                 
  the Alaska Education  Technology Program.  She  observe that                 
  similar  legislation  was  passed by  the  House  during the                 
  previous legislature.   She stressed  the need of  education                 
  technology.                                                                  
                                                                               
  KAREN  CRANE,  DIRECTOR,  LIBRARIES,  ARCHIVES AND  MUSEUMS,                 
  DEPARTMENT OF  EDUCATION spoke in support of CSHB 106 (JUD).                 
  She noted that most Alaskans  cannot access information that                 
  is   currently   available.      She   asserted   that   the                 
  telecommunications  network   must  be   available  to   all                 
  Alaskans,  the  hardware  must be  available  to  access the                 
  network and that training be available.  She maintained that                 
  schools  and  libraries   will  be  able  to   open  up  the                 
  "information highway" to students and citizens, and  provide                 
  training.                                                                    
                                                                               
  Co-Chair  Larson   questioned  if  training   for  education                 
  technology  could  be  provided  as   part  of  a  teacher's                 
  recertification.  Ms. Crane could not answer.                                
                                                                               
  Ms. Crane  anticipated that  the legislation  would help  to                 
  bridge  discrepancies  which  exist  between  the  resources                 
  available in urban and rural areas.   She described the SLED                 
  program  being  offered through  the  University  of Alaska,                 
  Fairbanks.                                                                   
                                                                               
  In response  to a  question by  Representative Parnell,  Ms.                 
                                                                               
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  Crane discussed the Department's fiscal  note.  She observed                 
  that  the  greatest  cost  to the  Department  will  be  for                 
  training.   She  explained that  the Department  will add  a                 
  position to  an existing position to provide  training.  The                 
  two training positions will receive  clerical support by the                 
  requested  clerical  position.   Contractual  money will  be                 
  spent on a statewide plan for automation.  Contractual money                 
  in  subsequent years  would  be spent  on training  in rural                 
  areas.   She explained that training may be done by video or                 
  on-line.                                                                     
                                                                               
  Ms. Crane explained  that only 13 or  14 of the 100  library                 
  positions are professional  librarians.  She noted  that the                 
  Department would attempt to absorb administration costs with                 
  current staff.                                                               
                                                                               
  Representative Brown expounded that CSHB 106 (JUD) envisions                 
  the creation  of the  Education Technology  Fund that  would                 
  provide matching money for school districts and libraries to                 
  implement locally prepared plans.   She observed that HB 107                 
  would propose a general obligation bond issue.  She observed                 
  that the fiscal  note from the  Department of Revenue  would                 
  not  be  applicable  if  the  fund  is  not  created.    She                 
  maintained that CSHB 106 (JUD)  would allow the coordination                 
  of resources and a planned  approach for sharing information                 
  that exists.   She stressed  the advantages of  passing CSHB
  106 (JUD) separate from HB 107.                                              
                                                                               
  JIM  SCHAEFFER,  COORDINATOR,  DISTANCE  DELIVER  CONSORTIUM                 
  testified via the  teleconference network  from Bethel.   He                 
  noted  that  the  Consortium  is  composed  of  four  school                 
  districts,   the    Yukon-Kuskokwim   Health    Corporation,                 
  University of Alaska,  Kuskokwim and  KYUP Public Radio  and                 
  Television.                                                                  
                                                                               
  Mr.  Schaeffer  stressed   that  through  their  cooperative                 
  agreement agencies  are able  to deliver  training to  rural                 
  areas.    He noted  that  teachers  can receive  in  service                 
  training  without  leaving the  villages.   He  stressed the                 
  importance of electronic mail.   He maintained that planning                 
  will allow economies of scale not otherwise possible.                        
                                                                               
  DONNA PETERSON, PRINCIPLE,  NORTH STAR ELEMENTARY  testified                 
  via the teleconference network from Nikiski.  She noted that                 
  a technological focus was implemented when the school opened                 
  seven years ago.   There is a four to one  computer ratio in                 
  the  school.    She  asserted that  the  advantages  to  the                 
  students  are  "legendary".    She  maintained  that  second                 
  graders have mastered division through the use of computers.                 
  She  maintained that  two  weeks  of  math  classes  can  be                 
  accomplished in a  half hour lab.   She observed that  class                 
  size has been reduced by utilizing para-professionals to man                 
                                                                               
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  labs.    She emphasized  the  improvement of  writing skills                 
  through the use of education technology.                                     
                                                                               
  HELEN  BARRETT,   ALASKA  ANCHORAGE   SCHOOL  OF   EDUCATION                 
  testified  via the  teleconference  network from  Anchorage.                 
  She testified in  support of CSHB  106 (JUD).  She  asserted                 
  that the changes in applications  of technology to education                 
  have been dramatic over the past ten years.  She  noted that                 
  the finding of  a 1993 Department of Education  study stated                 
  that, "the greatest  need of Alaska schools was for training                 
  teachers and administrators to use the existing technology."                 
  She  discussed  the  University of  Alaska  programs.   (Ms.                 
  Barrett's  written  comments  are  on  file with  the  House                 
  Finance Committee).                                                          
                                                                               
  SKIP  VIA, ELEMENTARY TEACHER,  FAIRBANKS testified  via the                 
  teleconference  network from  Fairbanks.   He expressed  the                 
  desire  to apply for  funds for educational  technology.  He                 
  emphasized  that schools  should  reflect  the emergence  of                 
  world communication and education technology.                                
                                                                               
  ZACHARY VIA, FOURTH GRADE  STUDENT, FAIRBANKS testified  via                 
  the teleconference network  from Fairbanks.  He  stated that                 
  he  would "die  without technology."   He  asserted that  he                 
  survives on technology.                                                      
                                                                               
  JESSIE NOAH, FOURTH  GRADE STUDENT, FAIRBANKS  testified via                 
  the teleconference network from Fairbanks in support of CSHB
  106 (JUD).                                                                   
                                                                               
  Mr. Skip  Via emphasized  that computers  allow students  to                 
  progress at their own rate and to learn independently.                       
                                                                               
  SALLY RUE, JUNEAU  testified in support  of CSHB 106  (JUD).                 
  She  noted that  Juneau  passed a  $1.9 million  dollar bond                 
  proposition by 66 percent of the vote in 1993.  She asserted                 
  that education  technology  helps children  learn and  gives                 
  teachers an effective tool to help meet the diverse needs of                 
  children within the classroom.  She added that children have                 
  different learning  styles.   She maintained  that computers                 
  can  provide motivation,  challenges  at different  learning                 
  levels,  meet  the  needs  of  at risk  students,  integrate                 
  students with disabilities into the classrooms, and increase                 
  reading and writing skills in a non-judgmental way.                          
                                                                               
  Ms. Rue noted  that at the  middle school level,  technology                 
  provides access  to resources and communications  that bring                 
  real world issues into the classroom.   She observed that at                 
  all  levels technology  can bring a  vast array  of resource                 
  materials.                                                                   
                                                                               
  Ms. Rue stressed that CSHB 106 (JUD) takes into account that                 
                                                                               
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  school districts have differing  capacity for local  bonding                 
  and requires local participation.                                            
                                                                               
  Ms. Rue added  that the legislation  is tied to  educational                 
  goals.                                                                       
                                                                               
  (Tape Change, HFC 94-37, Side 1)                                             
                                                                               
  Ms. Rue  added that  CSHB 106  (JUD) provides  comprehensive                 
  planning of technology and teacher training.                                 
                                                                               
  Representative Brown reiterated her intent  to move CSHB 106                 
  (JUD) in the absence of legislation to capitalize the fund.                  
                                                                               
  Representative Brown noted that the effective date should be                 
  1994.  She MOVED  to delete "1993" and insert "1994" on page                 
  9, line 15.  There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                    
                                                                               
  In   response   to   a   question   by   Co-Chair   MacLean,                 
  Representative Brown referred to the  findings of the Alaska                 
  Instructional   Technology  Survey,   April   1993  by   the                 
  Department of Education (copy  on file).  She noted  that 80                 
  percent of  the  superintendents that  responded  said  that                 
  implementation of educational technology is a medium high or                 
  high  priority.    She stressed  that  the  legislation will                 
  address the growing disparity between schools.                               
                                                                               
  Ms. Crane clarified that the  Commissioner of the Department                 
  of Education supports CSHB 106 (JUD).                                        
                                                                               
  Representative   Parnell   expressed    support   for    the                 
  legislation.  He  observed the disparity between  schools in                 
  his  district.    Representative  Brown  noted  that  it  is                 
  difficult  to  retrofit  buildings.    She  discussed  other                 
  reasons for the  disparities that exist between  schools and                 
  school districts in regards to educational technology.                       
                                                                               
  Representative Brown  observed that  a matching  requirement                 
  was included in the legislation to assure local commitment.                  
                                                                               
  Representative Navarre  noted  the  lack  of  a  coordinated                 
  effort.   He observed that  some equipment is  included with                 
  new school construction.  He stressed  that old schools have                 
  difficulty finding  room  in their  budgets  for  additional                 
  items.  He noted that class size  can be reduced through the                 
  use of educational technology.                                               
                                                                               
  Representative Martin  referred to  the fiscal  note by  the                 
  Department of  Education.  Ms. Crane noted  that funding for                 
  the Education Technology Committee's travel  and per diem is                 
  included  in  the  Department  of  Education's fiscal  note.                 
  Representative  Brown  reiterated  that  the  Department  of                 
                                                                               
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  Revenue's  fiscal  note  will  not   be  needed  unless  the                 
  appropriation to capitalize the fund is approved.                            
                                                                               
  Representative Brown  MOVED to report CSHB 106  (FIN) out of                 
  Committee  with  individual  recommendations  and  with  the                 
  accompanying fiscal notes.  There being NO OBJECTION, it was                 
  so ordered.                                                                  
                                                                               
  CSHB 106 (FIN) was reported out of Committee with individual                 
  recommendations and with  three fiscal impact notes,  two by                 
  the Department  of Education, and  one by the  Department of                 
  Revenue.                                                                     
  ADJOURNMENT                                                                  
                                                                               
  The meeting adjourned at 3:29 p.m.                                           
                                                                               
                                                                               
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