Legislature(1993 - 1994)

04/08/1994 05:30 PM FIN

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                     HOUSE FINANCE COMMITTEE                                   
                          April 8, 1994                                        
                            5:30 P.M.                                          
                                                                               
  TAPE HFC 94 - 115, Side 2, #000 - end.                                       
  TAPE HFC 94 - 116, Side 1, #000 - #112.                                      
                                                                               
  CALL TO ORDER                                                                
                                                                               
  Co-Chair Larson  called the House  Finance Committee meeting                 
  to order at 5:30 P.M.                                                        
                                                                               
  PRESENT                                                                      
                                                                               
  Co-Chair Larson               Representative Hoffman                         
  Co-Chair MacLean              Representative Martin                          
  Vice-Chair Hanley             Representative Therriault                      
  Representative Brown          Representative Parnell                         
  Representative Grussendorf                                                   
                                                                               
  Representative Navarre  and Representative  Foster were  not                 
  present for the meeting.                                                     
                                                                               
  ALSO PRESENT                                                                 
                                                                               
  Representative Gary  Davis; Representative Con  Bunde; Barry                 
  Campbell, Academy of  Physician Assistants, Anchorage;  Dave                 
  Williams, Division  of  Medical  Assistance,  Department  of                 
  Health   and    Social   Services;   Lynn    Smith,   Staff,                 
  Representative  Cynthia  Toohey;  Michael   Johnson,  Staff,                 
  Representative Joe Sitton.                                                   
                                                                               
  SUMMARY                                                                      
  HB 341    An  Act  relating  to  physician  assistants;  and                 
            providing for an effective date.                                   
                                                                               
            CS HB 341 (HES) was reported out of Committee with                 
            a "do  pass" recommendation  and with  zero fiscal                 
            notes by  the  Department  of  Health  and  Social                 
            Services, the Department  of Commerce and Economic                 
            Development and the Department of Labor.                           
  HB 427    An Act relating to compensation for members of the                 
            Local Boundary Commission.                                         
                                                                               
            HB  427  was reported  out  of Committee  with "no                 
            recommendation"  and  with a  fiscal  note  by the                 
            Department of Community and Regional Affairs dated                 
            2/24/94.                                                           
                                                                               
                                1                                              
                                                                               
                                                                               
  HB 453    An Act amending  the motor fuel tax to establish a                 
            different tax levy  on residual  fuel oil used  in                 
            and on watercraft; and  providing for an effective                 
            date.                                                              
                                                                               
            CS HB 453 (FIN) was reported out of Committee with                 
            a "do pass" recommendation and  with a fiscal note                 
            by the  Department of  Revenue and  a zero  fiscal                 
            note  by  the  Department  of  Transportation  and                 
            Public Facilities.                                                 
  HB 506    An Act relating to student loans; to sanctions for                 
            defaulting  on a student loan, including denial of                 
            a state  occupational license  or disbursement  of                 
            state money; and providing for an effective date.                  
                                                                               
            CS HB 506 (FIN) was reported out of Committee with                 
            "no recommendations" and with a fiscal note by the                 
            Department of Education.                                           
  HB 507    An Act relating to licensure  by the State Medical                 
            Board   and   temporary   permits    for   certain                 
            optometrists.                                                      
                                                                               
            CS HB 507 (FIN) was reported out of Committee with                 
            "individual  recommendations"  and  with a  fiscal                 
            note  by the  Department of Commerce  and Economic                 
            Development dated 3/02/94.                                         
  HOUSE BILL 427                                                               
                                                                               
       "An Act  relating to  compensation for  members of  the                 
       Local Boundary Commission."                                             
                                                                               
  Co-Chair Larson MOVED to report HB 427 out of Committee with                 
  individual recommendations and  with the accompanying fiscal                 
  notes.  There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                         
                                                                               
  HB   427   was   reported   out   of  Committee   with   "no                 
  recommendations" and with a fiscal note by the Department of                 
  Community and Regional Affairs dated 2/24/94.                                
  HOUSE BILL 506                                                               
                                                                               
       "An Act  relating to  student loans;  to sanctions  for                 
       defaulting on  a student  loan, including  denial of  a                 
       state  occupational license  or  disbursement of  state                 
       money; and providing for an effective date."                            
                                                                               
  Representative Brown  MOVED to adopt Amendment #1.  [Copy on                 
  file].                                                                       
                                                                               
                                                                               
                                2                                              
                                                                               
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE  CON  BUNDE   commented  that  Amendment   #1                 
  addresses concerns regarding  limiting administrative  costs                 
  to three percent.  He noted that he supported the amendment.                 
                                                                               
                                                                               
  There being  NO OBJECTION to  adopting Amendment #1,  it was                 
  adopted.                                                                     
                                                                               
  Representative Brown  MOVED  TO RESCIND  previous action  on                 
  Amendment #2.                                                                
                                                                               
  There being NO OBJECTION, the action was rescinded.                          
                                                                               
  DAN AUSTIN, STAFF, REPRESENTATIVE KAY  BROWN, explained that                 
  the new Amendment #2 would clarify  that action may be taken                 
  no sooner than sixty days after  the commission has notified                 
  the borrower of a default status on the loan.                                
                                                                               
  Representative Brown MOVED  to adopt  the new Amendment  #2.                 
  There being NO OBJECTION, it was adopted.                                    
                                                                               
  Representative Parnell  MOVED to report CS HB  506 (FIN) out                 
  of  Committee with individual  recommendations and  with the                 
  accompanying fiscal note.  There  being NO OBJECTION, it was                 
  so ordered.                                                                  
                                                                               
  CS HB 506  (FIN) was  reported out of  Committee with a  "no                 
  recommendation" and with  a fiscal note by the Department of                 
  Education.                                                                   
  HOUSE BILL 341                                                               
                                                                               
       "An Act relating to physician assistants; and providing                 
       for an effective date."                                                 
                                                                               
  MICHAEL  JOHNSON, STAFF,  REPRESENTATIVE JOE  SITTON, stated                 
  that HB 341 would amend several current statutes relating to                 
  health  care providers  giving  Alaskans  greater access  to                 
  quality  health care  and  placing physician  assistants  on                 
  equal  footing  to those  providers  with similar  levels of                 
  training.                                                                    
                                                                               
  He  added  that HB  341 would  amend the  statutes governing                 
  workers'  compensation and  private  insurance companies  to                 
  account  for physicians  assistants'  (P.A.'s) emergence  as                 
  health care providers and insure  that those companies would                 
  not have trouble receiving payment from those entities.  The                 
  legislation also  would  add  physician  assistants  to  the                 
  statute  that  prohibits  private  insurance companies  from                 
  refusing  to  pay  one  health   care  provider  if  another                 
  qualified practitioner  could  offer the  same procedure  or                 
  level of care.                                                               
                                                                               
                                3                                              
                                                                               
                                                                               
  Mr. Johnson pointed out that  Representative Sitton does not                 
  support  the fiscal note  as provided  by the  Department of                 
  Health and Social Services and  consequently has provided an                 
  alternative note.                                                            
                                                                               
  DAVE WILLIAMS, DIVISION OF MEDICAL ASSISTANCE, DEPARTMENT OF                 
  HEALTH  AND  SOCIAL  SERVICES,  explained  that  in  Alaska,                 
  physicians  assistants  have  not  been  paid  directly  for                 
  services rendered.  He  pointed out that there are  a number                 
  of reasons  why the legislation  will cost the  Department a                 
  large amount  of money,  adding that  the legislation  would                 
  provide seventeen new access points  for services in Alaska.                 
  Thus far this  year, $1.8 million  dollars has been paid  by                 
  the  Department  for rural  health  clinics enrolled  as IHS                 
  providers.                                                                   
                                                                               
  Mr. Johnson  explained that  the Department  assumes that  a                 
  certain number of physician assistants  will enroll and that                 
  there will be a  number of new patients contributing  to the                 
  cost of the program.  He indicated that the assumption would                 
  not  include  any  cost  shifting  or  accounting  for  cost                 
  shifting  and  felt  the  fiscal  note should  reflect  that                 
  information.                                                                 
                                                                               
  BARRY  CAMPBELL,  PRESIDENT,  ALASKA  ACADEMY  OF  PHYSICIAN                 
  ASSISTANTS, ANCHORAGE,  remarked that a  physician assistant                 
  (P.A.'s) requires two to four years training.  Some programs                 
  require  prior  medical  background.    Mr.  Campbell  noted                 
  support of Representative Sitton's fiscal note.                              
                                                                               
  Mr. Williams advised that the  legislation would provide for                 
  P.A.'s in  both rural  and urban  areas and  added that  the                 
  Department had provided  their fiscal  note based upon  that                 
  information and the Governor's proposed budget.                              
                                                                               
  Discussion followed  among Committee  members regarding  the                 
  fiscal note and the  impact to the Department of  Health and                 
  Social Services.                                                             
                                                                               
  Representative  Hanley  MOVED to  adopt  Amendment #1  which                 
  would rearrange services payable by the Department of Health                 
  and  Social  Services  and would  place  physician assistant                 
  services  in  the  first  category.    Representative  Brown                 
  OBJECTED.                                                                    
                                                                               
  A roll call vote was taken on the MOTION.                                    
                                                                               
       IN FAVOR:      Hanley.                                                  
       OPPOSED:       Hoffman,    Martin,   Parnell,    Brown,                 
                      Grussendorf, MacLean, Larson.                            
                                                                               
                                                                               
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  Representatives Navarre and Foster were  not present for the                 
  vote.                                                                        
                                                                               
  The MOTION FAILED (1-7).                                                     
                                                                               
  Representative Hanley MOVED to report CS HB 341 (HES) out of                 
  Committee with individual  recommendations and  with a  zero                 
  fiscal note by the Department of Health and Social Services.                 
  There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                 
                                                                               
  CS HB  341 (HES) was  reported out  of Committee with  a "do                 
  pass"  recommendation  and  with zero  fiscal  notes  by the                 
  Department of Health and Social  Services, the Department of                 
  Commerce  and  Economic Development  and  the  Department of                 
  Labor.                                                                       
  HOUSE BILL 453                                                               
                                                                               
       "An  Act amending  the motor  fuel tax  to  establish a                 
       different tax levy on residual fuel  oil used in and on                 
       watercraft; and providing for an effective date."                       
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE GARY DAVIS  stated that HB 453  would attempt                 
  to create an  equal playing field between  Alaska's residual                 
  fuel oil industry and their counterparts in the Lower 48 and                 
  Canada.  He added that residual fuel oil is the residue from                 
  crude oil after the light oils, gasoline, naphtha, kerosine,                 
  and mid-distillates are  extracted in the refining  process.                 
  The only  applications for residual  fuel oil in  Alaska are                 
  asphalt, cruise ship fuel and reinjection into the pipeline.                 
                                                                               
                                                                               
  Representative   Parnell   MOVED  work   draft  #8-LS1357\X,                 
  Chenoweth, 3/28/94,  as the  version  before the  Committee.                 
  There being NO OBJECTION, the work draft was adopted.                        
                                                                               
  Co-Chair MacLean  MOVED to  report CS  HB 453  (FIN) out  of                 
  Committee   with   individual   recommendations   and   with                 
  accompanying fiscal notes.                                                   
  There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                 
                                                                               
  CS HB  453 (FIN) was  reported out of  Committee with a  "do                 
  pass"  recommendation  and   with  a  fiscal  note   by  the                 
  Department  of  Revenue  and  a  zero  fiscal  note  by  the                 
  Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.                          
  HOUSE BILL 507                                                               
                                                                               
       "An  Act  relating to  licensure  by the  State Medical                 
       Board and temporary permits for certain optometrists."                  
                                                                               
  (Tape Change, HFC 94-116, Side 1).                                           
                                                                               
                                5                                              
                                                                               
                                                                               
  LYNN SMITH,  STAFF, REPRESENTATIVE  CYNTHIA TOOHEY,  advised                 
  that HB 507  was introduced by  the House HESS Committee  by                 
  the  request of  the  State  Medical  Board and  the  Alaska                 
  Optometric  Association and  would address  concerns of  the                 
  board that  interviewing  applicants  for  licensure  be  in                 
  person.  The  provision would decrease costs  for applicants                 
  who wish to practice medicine in Alaska.                                     
                                                                               
  Representative Brown  MOVED to adopt Amendment  #1 requiring                 
  an interview and allowing that interview to be by telephone.                 
  There being NO OBJECTION, it was adopted.                                    
                                                                               
  Co-Chair MacLean  MOVED to  report CS  HB 507  (FIN) out  of                 
  Committee  with  individual  recommendations  and  with  the                 
  accompanying fiscal note.  There being  NO OBJECTION, it was                 
  so ordered.                                                                  
                                                                               
  CS  HB  507   (FIN)  was  reported  out  of  Committee  with                 
  "individual recommendations" and with the fiscal note by the                 
  Department  of  Commerce   and  Economic  Development  dated                 
  3/02/94.                                                                     
  ADJOURNMENT                                                                  
                                                                               
  The meeting adjourned at 6:30 P.M.                                           
                                                                               
                                                                               
                     HOUSE FINANCE COMMITTEE                                   
                          April 8, 1994                                        
                            5:30 P.M.                                          
                                                                               
  TAPE HFC 94 - 115, Side 2, #000 - end.                                       
  TAPE HFC 94 - 116, Side 1, #000 - #112.                                      
                                                                               
  CALL TO ORDER                                                                
                                                                               
  Co-Chair Larson  called the House  Finance Committee meeting                 
  to order at 5:30 P.M.                                                        
                                                                               
  PRESENT                                                                      
                                                                               
  Co-Chair Larson               Representative Hoffman                         
  Co-Chair MacLean              Representative Martin                          
  Vice-Chair Hanley             Representative Therriault                      
  Representative Brown          Representative Parnell                         
  Representative Grussendorf                                                   
                                                                               
  Representative Navarre  and Representative  Foster were  not                 
  present for the meeting.                                                     
                                                                               
                                                                               
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  ALSO PRESENT                                                                 
                                                                               
  Representative Gary  Davis; Representative Con  Bunde; Barry                 
  Campbell, Academy of  Physician Assistants, Anchorage;  Dave                 
  Williams, Division  of  Medical  Assistance,  Department  of                 
  Health   and    Social   Services;   Lynn    Smith,   Staff,                 
  Representative  Cynthia  Toohey;  Michael   Johnson,  Staff,                 
  Representative Joe Sitton.                                                   
                                                                               
  SUMMARY                                                                      
                                                                               
  HB 341    An  Act  relating  to  physician  assistants;  and                 
            providing for an effective date.                                   
                                                                               
            CS HB 341 (HES) was reported out of Committee with                 
            a  "do pass" recommendation  and with  zero fiscal                 
            notes  by  the  Department of  Health  and  Social                 
            Services, the Department  of Commerce and Economic                 
            Development and the Department of Labor.                           
                                                                               
  HB 427    An Act relating to compensation for members of the                 
            Local Boundary Commission.                                         
                                                                               
            HB  427  was reported  out  of Committee  with "no                 
            recommendation"  and with  a  fiscal note  by  the                 
            Department of Community and Regional Affairs dated                 
            2/24/94.                                                           
                                                                               
  HB 453    An Act amending the motor  fuel tax to establish a                 
            different tax levy  on residual  fuel oil used  in                 
            and on watercraft; and  providing for an effective                 
            date.                                                              
                                                                               
            CS HB 453 (FIN) was reported out of Committee with                 
            a "do pass" recommendation and  with a fiscal note                 
            by the  Department of  Revenue and  a zero  fiscal                 
            note  by  the  Department  of  Transportation  and                 
            Public Facilities.                                                 
                                                                               
  HB 506    An Act relating to student loans; to sanctions for                 
            defaulting  on a student loan, including denial of                 
            a  state occupational  license or  disbursement of                 
            state money; and providing for an effective date.                  
                                                                               
            CS HB 506 (FIN) was reported out of Committee with                 
            "no recommendations" and with a fiscal note by the                 
            Department of Education.                                           
                                                                               
  HB 507    An Act relating to licensure  by the State Medical                 
            Board   and   temporary   permits    for   certain                 
            optometrists.                                                      
                                                                               
                                                                               
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            CS HB 507 (FIN) was reported out of Committee with                 
            "individual  recommendations"  and  with a  fiscal                 
            note by  the Department  of Commerce  and Economic                 
            Development dated 3/02/94.                                         
                                                                               
  HOUSE BILL 427                                                               
                                                                               
       "An Act  relating to  compensation for  members of  the                 
       Local Boundary Commission."                                             
                                                                               
  Co-Chair Larson MOVED to report HB 427 out of Committee with                 
  individual recommendations and  with the accompanying fiscal                 
  notes.  There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                         
                                                                               
  HB   427   was   reported   out   of  Committee   with   "no                 
  recommendations" and with a fiscal note by the Department of                 
  Community and Regional Affairs dated 2/24/94.                                
                                                                               
  HOUSE BILL 506                                                               
                                                                               
       "An Act  relating to  student loans;  to sanctions  for                 
       defaulting on  a student  loan, including  denial of  a                 
       state  occupational license  or  disbursement of  state                 
       money; and providing for an effective date."                            
                                                                               
  Representative Brown MOVED to adopt Amendment #1.   [Copy on                 
  file].                                                                       
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE  CON   BUNDE  commented  that   Amendment  #1                 
  addresses concerns regarding  limiting administrative  costs                 
  to three percent.  He noted that he supported the amendment.                 
                                                                               
                                                                               
  There being NO  OBJECTION to adopting  Amendment #1, it  was                 
  adopted.                                                                     
                                                                               
  Representative Brown  MOVED  TO RESCIND  previous action  on                 
  Amendment #2.                                                                
                                                                               
  There being NO OBJECTION, the action was rescinded.                          
                                                                               
  DAN AUSTIN, STAFF, REPRESENTATIVE KAY  BROWN, explained that                 
  the new Amendment #2 would clarify  that action may be taken                 
  no sooner than sixty days after the commission  has notified                 
  the borrower of a default status on the loan.                                
                                                                               
  Representative Brown MOVED  to adopt  the new Amendment  #2.                 
  There being NO OBJECTION, it was adopted.                                    
                                                                               
  Representative Parnell MOVED to  report CS HB 506 (FIN)  out                 
  of  Committee with individual  recommendations and  with the                 
  accompanying fiscal note.  There being  NO OBJECTION, it was                 
                                                                               
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  so ordered.                                                                  
                                                                               
  CS  HB 506 (FIN)  was reported out  of Committee with  a "no                 
  recommendation" and with a fiscal note by the Department  of                 
  Education.                                                                   
                                                                               
  HOUSE BILL 341                                                               
                                                                               
       "An Act relating to physician assistants; and providing                 
       for an effective date."                                                 
                                                                               
  MICHAEL  JOHNSON, STAFF,  REPRESENTATIVE JOE  SITTON, stated                 
  that HB 341 would amend several current statutes relating to                 
  health  care  providers giving  Alaskans  greater  access to                 
  quality  health  care  and placing  physician  assistants on                 
  equal  footing  to those  providers  with similar  levels of                 
  training.                                                                    
                                                                               
  He  added that  HB 341  would amend  the  statutes governing                 
  workers'  compensation and  private  insurance companies  to                 
  account  for physicians  assistants'  (P.A.'s) emergence  as                 
  health care providers and insure  that those companies would                 
  not have trouble receiving payment from those entities.  The                 
  legislation  also  would  add physician  assistants  to  the                 
  statute  that  prohibits  private  insurance companies  from                 
  refusing  to  pay  one  health   care  provider  if  another                 
  qualified practitioner  could offer  the  same procedure  or                 
  level of care.                                                               
                                                                               
  Mr. Johnson pointed out that  Representative Sitton does not                 
  support  the fiscal  note as provided  by the  Department of                 
  Health and Social Services and  consequently has provided an                 
  alternative note.                                                            
                                                                               
  DAVE WILLIAMS, DIVISION OF MEDICAL ASSISTANCE, DEPARTMENT OF                 
  HEALTH  AND  SOCIAL  SERVICES,  explained  that  in  Alaska,                 
  physicians  assistants  have  not  been  paid  directly  for                 
  services rendered.  He  pointed out that there are  a number                 
  of  reasons why the  legislation will cost  the Department a                 
  large amount  of money,  adding that  the legislation  would                 
  provide seventeen new access points  for services in Alaska.                 
  Thus far this  year, $1.8 million  dollars has been paid  by                 
  the  Department  for rural  health  clinics enrolled  as IHS                 
  providers.                                                                   
                                                                               
  Mr. Johnson  explained that  the Department  assumes that  a                 
  certain number of physician assistants  will enroll and that                 
  there will be a  number of new patients contributing  to the                 
  cost of the program.  He indicated that the assumption would                 
  not  include  any  cost  shifting  or  accounting  for  cost                 
  shifting  and  felt  the  fiscal  note should  reflect  that                 
  information.                                                                 
                                                                               
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  BARRY  CAMPBELL,  PRESIDENT,  ALASKA  ACADEMY  OF  PHYSICIAN                 
  ASSISTANTS, ANCHORAGE,  remarked that a  physician assistant                 
  (P.A.'s) requires two to four years training.  Some programs                 
  require  prior  medical  background.    Mr.  Campbell  noted                 
  support of Representative Sitton's fiscal note.                              
                                                                               
  Mr. Williams advised that the  legislation would provide for                 
  P.A.'s in  both rural  and urban  areas and  added that  the                 
  Department had provided  their fiscal  note based upon  that                 
  information and the Governor's proposed budget.                              
                                                                               
  Discussion followed  among Committee  members regarding  the                 
  fiscal note and the  impact to the Department of  Health and                 
  Social Services.                                                             
                                                                               
  Representative  Hanley MOVED  to  adopt  Amendment #1  which                 
  would rearrange services payable by the Department of Health                 
  and  Social Services  and  would  place physician  assistant                 
  services  in  the  first  category.    Representative  Brown                 
  OBJECTED.                                                                    
                                                                               
  A roll call vote was taken on the MOTION.                                    
                                                                               
       IN FAVOR:      Hanley.                                                  
       OPPOSED:       Hoffman,    Martin,   Parnell,    Brown,                 
                      Grussendorf, MacLean, Larson.                            
                                                                               
  Representatives Navarre and Foster were  not present for the                 
  vote.                                                                        
                                                                               
  The MOTION FAILED (1-7).                                                     
                                                                               
  Representative Hanley MOVED to report CS HB 341 (HES) out of                 
  Committee with individual  recommendations and  with a  zero                 
  fiscal note by the Department of Health and Social Services.                 
  There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                 
                                                                               
  CS HB  341 (HES) was  reported out  of Committee with  a "do                 
  pass"  recommendation  and  with zero  fiscal  notes  by the                 
  Department of Health and Social  Services, the Department of                 
  Commerce  and  Economic Development  and  the  Department of                 
  Labor.                                                                       
                                                                               
  HOUSE BILL 453                                                               
                                                                               
       "An  Act amending  the motor  fuel tax  to establish  a                 
       different tax levy on residual fuel  oil used in and on                 
       watercraft; and providing for an effective date."                       
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE GARY DAVIS  stated that HB 453  would attempt                 
  to create an  equal playing field between  Alaska's residual                 
                                                                               
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  fuel oil industry and their counterparts in the Lower 48 and                 
  Canada.  He added that residual fuel oil is the residue from                 
  crude oil after the light oils, gasoline, naphtha, kerosine,                 
  and mid-distillates  are extracted in  the refining process.                 
  The only  applications for residual  fuel oil in  Alaska are                 
  asphalt, cruise ship fuel and reinjection into the pipeline.                 
                                                                               
                                                                               
  Representative   Parnell   MOVED  work   draft  #8-LS1357\X,                 
  Chenoweth,  3/28/94, as  the version  before the  Committee.                 
  There being NO OBJECTION, the work draft was adopted.                        
                                                                               
  Co-Chair MacLean  MOVED to  report CS  HB 453  (FIN) out  of                 
  Committee   with   individual   recommendations   and   with                 
  accompanying fiscal notes.                                                   
  There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                 
                                                                               
  CS  HB 453 (FIN)  was reported out  of Committee  with a "do                 
  pass"  recommendation  and   with  a  fiscal  note   by  the                 
  Department  of  Revenue  and  a  zero  fiscal  note  by  the                 
  Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.                          
                                                                               
  HOUSE BILL 507                                                               
                                                                               
       "An  Act  relating to  licensure  by the  State Medical                 
       Board and temporary permits for certain optometrists."                  
                                                                               
  (Tape Change, HFC 94-116, Side 1).                                           
                                                                               
  LYNN  SMITH, STAFF,  REPRESENTATIVE CYNTHIA  TOOHEY, advised                 
  that HB 507  was introduced by  the House HESS Committee  by                 
  the  request  of  the State  Medical  Board  and  the Alaska                 
  Optometric  Association and  would address  concerns of  the                 
  board that  interviewing  applicants  for  licensure  be  in                 
  person.  The  provision would decrease costs  for applicants                 
  who wish to practice medicine in Alaska.                                     
                                                                               
  Representative Brown  MOVED to adopt Amendment  #1 requiring                 
  an interview and allowing that interview to be by telephone.                 
  There being NO OBJECTION, it was adopted.                                    
                                                                               
  Co-Chair MacLean  MOVED to  report CS  HB 507  (FIN) out  of                 
  Committee  with  individual  recommendations  and  with  the                 
  accompanying fiscal note.  There being NO OBJECTION,  it was                 
  so ordered.                                                                  
                                                                               
  CS  HB  507  (FIN)  was   reported  out  of  Committee  with                 
  "individual recommendations" and with the fiscal note by the                 
  Department  of  Commerce  and   Economic  Development  dated                 
  3/02/94.                                                                     
                                                                               
  ADJOURNMENT                                                                  
                                                                               
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  The meeting adjourned at 6:30 P.M.                                           
                                                                               
                                                                               
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