Legislature(2003 - 2004)

02/20/2003 01:45 PM FIN

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                  HOUSE FINANCE COMMITTEE                                                                                       
                     February 20, 2003                                                                                          
                         1:45 P.M.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
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CALL TO ORDER                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Williams called the House  Finance Committee meeting                                                                   
to order at 1:45 P.M.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Representative Bill Williams, Co-Chair                                                                                          
Representative Kevin Meyer, Vice-Chair                                                                                          
Representative Eric Croft                                                                                                       
Representative Richard Foster                                                                                                   
Representative Mike Hawker                                                                                                      
Representative Reggie Joule                                                                                                     
Representative Carl Moses                                                                                                       
Representative Bill Stoltze                                                                                                     
Representative Jim Whitaker                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Representative John Harris, Co-Chair                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
ALSO PRESENT                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Representative    Mark   Chenault;   Representative    Norman                                                                   
Rokeberg;  Representative  Bruce   Weyhrauch;  Representative                                                                   
Carl Morgan; Cheryl Frasca, Director,  Division of Management                                                                   
&  Budget,  Office  of  the  Governor;   Tom  Wright,  Staff,                                                                   
Representative  John Harris; Rick  Urion, Director,  Division                                                                   
of  Occupational   Licensing,   Department  of  Community   &                                                                   
Economic  Development; Pat  Davidson,  Director, Division  of                                                                   
Legislative  Audit; Kaye  Kanne,  Executive Director,  Juneau                                                                   
Family Birth Center; Midge Clouse,  Division of Community and                                                                   
Business  Development,  Department  of Community  &  Economic                                                                   
Development;  Loren   Gerhard,  Policy  Director,   Southeast                                                                   
Conference,  Juneau;   Kimberly  Duke,  Executive   Director,                                                                   
Arctic Power,  Anchorage; Barbara  Huff-Tuckers, Director  of                                                                   
Legislative and  Governmental Affairs for Local  959, Juneau;                                                                   
Matt Davidson, Alaska Conservation Voters, Juneau.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
PRESENT VIA TELECONFERENCE                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Dana  Brown,  Executive  Director,  Fairbanks  Birth  Center,                                                                   
Fairbanks;   Ginny   Wood,  Fairbanks;   Brad   Snow,   Self,                                                                   
Fairbanks;  Deb Moore,  Arctic  Coordinator, Northern  Alaska                                                                   
Environmental  Center,  Fairbanks;  Jim Sykes,  Founder,  Oil                                                                   
Watch-Alaska,  Mat-Su;  Wanetta  Ayers,  Executive  Director,                                                                   
Southwest  Alaska  Municipal Conference  (SWAMC),  Anchorage;                                                                   
Sue  Cogswell,  Prince Williams  Sound  Economic  Development                                                                   
District   (PWSEDD),   Anchorage;  Carl   Berger,   Executive                                                                   
Director,  Lower  Kuskokwim  Economic   Development  Council,                                                                   
Bethel;  Jim  Carter,  Director,   Kenai  Peninsula  Economic                                                                   
Development  District,  Kenai;  Mike  Navarre,  Arctic  Power                                                                   
Board, Self, Kenai; Sally Ann  Carey, Member of Arctic Power,                                                                   
Health,  Safety   and  Environmental  Training   Consultants,                                                                   
Anchorage;   Mary  Shields,   Manager,  Northwest   Technical                                                                   
Services, Anchorage;  Luci Beach, Gwitch  Steering Committee,                                                                   
Fairbanks.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SUMMARY                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
HB 9      An Act relating to the registration of individuals                                                                    
          who   perform   home   inspections;   relating   to                                                                   
          regulation    of     contractors;    relating    to                                                                   
          registration  fees for specialty  contractors, home                                                                   
          inspectors,   and    associate   home   inspectors;                                                                   
          relating   to  home  inspection   requirements  for                                                                   
          residential  loans  purchased  or approved  by  the                                                                   
          Alaska  Housing  Finance Corporation;  relating  to                                                                   
          civil  actions by and  against home inspectors  and                                                                   
          to  civil  actions arising  from  residential  unit                                                                   
          inspections; and providing for an effective date.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
          CS HB 9 (FIN) was reported out of Committee with a                                                                    
          "do pass" recommendation  and with zero fiscal note                                                                   
          #1 by  the Department of Revenue, zero  fiscal note                                                                   
          #2 by  the Department of  Law, zero fiscal  note #3                                                                   
          by   the   Department    of   Labor   &   Workforce                                                                   
          Development,  and fiscal note #4 by  the Department                                                                   
          of Community & Economic Development.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
HB 71     An Act extending the termination date of the Board                                                                    
          of Certified Direct-Entry Midwives.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
          HB  71 was  reported out  of Committee  with a  "do                                                                   
          pass" recommendation  and with a fiscal  note #1 by                                                                   
          the    Department   of    Community   &    Economic                                                                   
          Development.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
HB 79     An Act extending the termination date of the                                                                          
          Alaska  regional economic  assistance program;  and                                                                   
          providing for an effective date.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
          HB 79 was reported out of Committee with a "do                                                                        
          pass" recommendation  and with a new fiscal note by                                                                   
          the    Department   of    Community   &    Economic                                                                   
          Development.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
HB 100    An    Act    making    supplemental    and    other                                                                   
          appropriations;   amending    appropriations;   and                                                                   
          providing for an effective date.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
          HB 100 was HEARD & HELD in Committee for further                                                                      
          consideration.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
HB 101    An Act  making a special appropriation  for a grant                                                                   
          to  Arctic  Power to  promote  the  opening of  the                                                                   
          Arctic  National Wildlife  Refuge for  oil and  gas                                                                   
          exploration  and development; and providing  for an                                                                   
          effective date.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
          HB 101 was HEARD & HELD in Committee for further                                                                      
          consideration.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
HB 110    An    Act    making    supplemental    and    other                                                                   
          appropriations; amending appropriations; making                                                                       
          appropriations to capitalize funds; and providing                                                                     
          for an effective date.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
          HB 110 was HEARD & HELD in Committee for further                                                                      
          consideration.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 71                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     An Act extending the termination date of the Board of                                                                      
     Certified Direct-Entry Midwives.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  BRUCE  WEYHRAUCH advised  that  the Board  of                                                                   
Certified  Direct-Entry  Midwives   (CDM)  consists  of  five                                                                   
members appointed  by the Governor.  The duties  of the Board                                                                   
include  examining and  certificating applicants,  permitting                                                                   
apprentices,  holding  hearings   and  ordering  disciplinary                                                                   
sanctions.   The Board also  adopts regulations  to establish                                                                   
certification and certification renewal requirements.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Representative Weyhrauch  added that the Board  has served as                                                                   
a means to make  people practicing in midwifery  aware of the                                                                   
level of  experience and education  expected of them.   Also,                                                                   
by having  a board, the  individuals that practice  midwifery                                                                   
are  held accountable  to an  established  standard of  care.                                                                   
Women  seeking an  alternative  to hospital  care for  normal                                                                   
pregnancy and  birth rely  on the diligence  of the  board to                                                                   
enhance  both   the  quality   and  accessibility   of  their                                                                   
healthcare.  He  added that an enhancement is  that the Board                                                                   
worked  with  the  State  of  Alaska  to  establish  Medicaid                                                                   
procedures for  CDM services,  thereby, placing Alaska  among                                                                   
eight states  which both  license their traditional  midwives                                                                   
and provide Medicaid reimbursement for their services.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
He noted  that the Board is  scheduled to terminate  June 30,                                                                   
2003 and  if the Legislature does  not act this  session, the                                                                   
Board  will have  one  year  to conclude  its  administrative                                                                   
operations.  Representative Weyhrauch  stated that based upon                                                                   
recommendations by  the Division of Legislative  Audit, HB 71                                                                   
would extend the  Board's termination date to  June 30, 2007.                                                                   
He requested  that the bill  pass from Committee  without any                                                                   
changes.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
DANA   BROWN,  (TESTIFIED   VIA  TELECONFERENCE),   EXECUTIVE                                                                   
DIRECTOR,  FAIRBANKS   BIRTH  CENTER,  FAIRBANKS,   spoke  in                                                                   
support of the legislation, requesting  that the extension be                                                                   
made.    She  added  that  the  Board  guarantees  that  high                                                                   
standards and safety are maintained  throughout the State for                                                                   
midwifery services.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
KAYE KANNE,  EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, JUNEAU FAMILY  BIRTH CENTER,                                                                   
PRESIDENT OF THE MIDWIVES ASSOCIATION  OF ALASKA, pointed out                                                                   
that the Board's  inception was in 1992.  The  Board has done                                                                   
an exemplary job of writing and  implementing regulations for                                                                   
the governing  of CDM's and as  a result, midwives  in Alaska                                                                   
are  professional, well  trained  and provide  safe care  for                                                                   
women and families.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Kanne  stated that Alaska  has one of the  best midwifery                                                                   
laws  in  the  United  States.    Direct-Entry  midwifery  is                                                                   
recognized across the nation,  with licensing for midwives in                                                                   
21 states,  and legislation  pending  in 8  more.  Many  more                                                                   
women are seeking the continuity  of care and family centered                                                                   
maternity  care  which  midwifery  does  provide.    In  some                                                                   
Alaskan communities,  midwifes delivered  25% of  the births.                                                                   
In Juneau, midwives deliver approximately  15% of all births.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
She  urged that  the Board  be  extended four  years more  in                                                                   
order that  they can  continue with the  good work  that they                                                                   
have accomplished.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
RICK  URION, DIRECTOR,  DIVISION  OF OCCUPATIONAL  LICENSING,                                                                   
DEPARTMENT OF  COMMUNITY &  ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT,  voiced his                                                                   
support  for  the legislation.    He  agreed that  the  State                                                                   
midwives do  a very good job  and that the Board  operates in                                                                   
an efficient manner.  The fiscal  note requires no additional                                                                   
funding.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Representative Foster MOVED to  report HB 71 out of Committee                                                                   
with individual  recommendations and the  accompanying fiscal                                                                   
note.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
HB  71  was  reported  out of  Committee  with  a  "do  pass"                                                                   
recommendation and  with fiscal note #1 by  the Department of                                                                   
Community & Economic Development.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 79                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     An Act extending the termination date of the Alaska                                                                        
     regional economic assistance program; and providing for                                                                    
     an effective date.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE CARL MORGAN observed  that the Alaska Regional                                                                   
Development  Organizations  (ARDOR)  Program is  the  State's                                                                   
contribution to regional initiatives  for developing Alaska's                                                                   
economy.  In 1988, the Legislature  recognized that a locally                                                                   
driven  initiative, in  partnership  with the  State, is  the                                                                   
most effective  approach to creating and sustaining  a strong                                                                   
and healthy economy.   The Legislature established  the ARDOR                                                                   
Program  to create  a network  of organizations  to plan  and                                                                   
support economic development at the regional level.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Morgan  noted  that there  are  currently  14                                                                   
ARDOR's in the State.  The work of the ARDOR's consist of:                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
   • Enable local officials and businesses to pool their                                                                        
      limited resources and work together on economic                                                                           
      development issues;                                                                                                       
   • Develop partnerships among public, private and other                                                                       
      organizations; and                                                                                                        
   • Provide needed technical assistance via direct links                                                                       
      with local citizens.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Representative Morgan  pointed out that the  ARDOR Program is                                                                   
providing  a return for  the State's  investment.   The State                                                                   
provides $620,000  in grants funds for the  ARDOR Program and                                                                   
with those  funds, the accomplishments  are impressive.   The                                                                   
ARDOR's have  used $620,000 dollars  in State grant  funds to                                                                   
leverage over  $3.6 million  dollars in  other funds.   Board                                                                   
members  participation  reflects a  local  commitment to  the                                                                   
ARDOR  Program.    The  14  ARDOR  boards,  each  with  10-20                                                                   
members, constitute 150 plus local,  civic-minded individuals                                                                   
who volunteer their time to achieve  a stronger economic base                                                                   
in their region.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
The  original  intent of  the  ARDOR  Program was  to  create                                                                   
regional entities  that could  improve the local  economy and                                                                   
eliminate  region-wide  economic  development barriers.    He                                                                   
stressed  that  the  ARDOR  program  is  meeting  legislative                                                                   
intent.   Representative Morgan  concluded, the ARDOR's  work                                                                   
on  a wide  range  of projects  that assist  individuals  and                                                                   
businesses statewide.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Foster voiced his  appreciation for  the work                                                                   
accomplished by the sponsor and the program.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
WANETTA  AYERS,  (TESTIFIED  VIA  TELECONFERENCE),  EXECUTIVE                                                                   
DIRECTOR,  SOUTHWEST  ALASKA  MUNICIPAL  CONFERENCE  (SWAMC),                                                                   
ANCHORAGE, testified in support  of the proposed legislation.                                                                   
She  noted  that  Alaska  Regional  Development  Organization                                                                   
(ARDOR)  funds  account for  25%  of  the total  funding  for                                                                   
SWAMC.    SWAMC provides  educational  opportunities  for  54                                                                   
communities   through   conferences,  workshops   and   other                                                                   
communications.  In FY02, SWAMC  was selected by  Congress to                                                                   
administer a $30 million dollar  program to mitigate economic                                                                   
losses to communities,  businesses and individuals  that were                                                                   
adversely  impacted  by  federal   measures  to  protect  the                                                                   
stellar sea lions.   She urged that the Committee  support HB                                                                   
79.                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Hawker pointed  out  that SWAMC  was able  to                                                                   
leverage from $48,000  dollars of State money  a total budget                                                                   
of $211,000 dollars.  He applauded the commendable work.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SUE COGSWELL, (TESTIFIED VIA TELECONFERENCE),  PRINCE WILLIAM                                                                   
SOUND  ECONOMIC  DEVELOPMENT  DISTRICT  (PWSEDD),  ANCHORAGE,                                                                   
urged passage  of the  legislation.   She commented  that her                                                                   
organization  has undertaken many  projects such  as museums,                                                                   
fishery projects  and scientific undertakings.   Ms. Cogswell                                                                   
urged   the   Committee's   support  for   passage   of   the                                                                   
legislation.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JIM CARTER,  (TESTIFIED VIA TELECONFERENCE),  DIRECTOR, KENAI                                                                   
PENINSULA  ECONOMIC  DEVELOPMENT   DISTRICT  (KPEDD),  KENAI,                                                                   
spoke to  the history of  the ARDOR program  in the  State of                                                                   
Alaska.   Alaska is at a  'stage' where economic  development                                                                   
is   essential.       KPEED   has   attempted    to   support                                                                   
entrepreneurial development that  affects the quality of life                                                                   
for  local residents.   Without  these  investments from  the                                                                   
State,  it  would be  difficult  to  continue that  level  of                                                                   
service.  He urged passage of the legislation.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Hawker pointed  out the  work done by  KPEDD,                                                                   
which  successfully leveraged  from  a $47,000  dollar  State                                                                   
investment,  $265,000 dollars  of delivered services  through                                                                   
other funding.  He commended that success.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CARL  BERGER,   (TESTIFIED  VIA  TELECONFERENCE),   EXECUTIVE                                                                   
DIRECTOR,  LOWER  KUSHKOKWIM   ECOMONIC  DEVELOPMENT  COUNCIL                                                                   
(LKEDC), BETHEL, voiced support  of HB 79.  He noted that his                                                                   
agency  exists to  provide economic  development activity  in                                                                   
Bethel  and 26  surrounding villages  surrounding that  area.                                                                   
LKEDC  has  worked in  salmon  quality  management  projects.                                                                   
Additionally, LKEDC has provided  'familiarization' trips for                                                                   
the  travel  industry  to their  region  to  enhance  tourism                                                                   
business.   Mr. Berger urged  continued funding of  the ARDOR                                                                   
Program.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Foster voiced his  support of the  success of                                                                   
the program run by Mr. Berger.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
LOREN   GERHARD,  POLICY   DIRECTOR,  SOUTHEAST   CONFERENCE,                                                                   
JUNEAU,  requested  that the  Legislature  support  continued                                                                   
funding,  especially as  the State  faces fiscal  challenges.                                                                   
He emphasized  that ARDOR's  use seed  money provided  by the                                                                   
State  to build  on leveraging  approximately  five times  as                                                                   
much  for business  assistance,  infrastructure  development,                                                                   
community assistance,  and a host of other  functions, with a                                                                   
very low overhead.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Mr.  Gerhard   pointed  out  that  the   reauthorization  was                                                                   
contained in  the Governor's Budget,  as he supports  efforts                                                                   
to develop  local and  regional economies.   ARDOR's  address                                                                   
the vast diversity  of economic challenges  and opportunities                                                                   
in Alaska.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
In   Southeast,   the   Southeast   Conference   focuses   on                                                                   
infrastructure  issues, primarily  the Alaska Marine  Highway                                                                   
System  (AMHS), and a  regional electrical  intertie.   There                                                                   
are  numerous  organizations  that  concentrate  on  business                                                                   
development  and  business  assistance,   and  the  Southeast                                                                   
Conference  does  not  duplicate  those efforts.    In  other                                                                   
areas,  ARDOR's  are  very involved  in  business  assistance                                                                   
because the need there is unfilled.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
ARDOR's supply a useful resource  to the State.   ARDOR's are                                                                   
now  tasked  by  the Governor  to  apply  recommendations  to                                                                   
members regarding the newly formed  Alaska Highway Board.  It                                                                   
is useful to  have State chartered regional  organizations to                                                                   
help bridge  the gap  between State  bureaucracies and  local                                                                   
communities.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Mr.  Gerhard pointed  out that  many  ARDOR's are  designated                                                                   
economic   development   districts,    which   lowers   match                                                                   
requirements for  communities utilizing Economic  Development                                                                   
Administration  funding.   Many ARDOR's  are also  designated                                                                   
Resource  Conservation and  Development  Councils, a  program                                                                   
that provides  them with  federal employees  of the  U.S.D.A.                                                                   
and resources to pursue targeting of regional projects.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
The Southeast Conference ARDOR  was instrumental in obtaining                                                                   
federal authorization  for a regional electric  intertie with                                                                   
the help  of Senator Frank Murkowski.   There is  a committee                                                                   
working on  those steps to actually  build the next  stage of                                                                   
that  project.     The  seed  money  made  it   possible  for                                                                   
soliciting contributions from  various communities, State and                                                                   
federal programs to move the project along.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Mr.  Gerhard stated  that the  ARDOR's help  bring people  in                                                                   
remote regions  together, where  they collectively  decide to                                                                   
pursue a  whole range of regional  projects.  There  are over                                                                   
80 volunteers on 9 committees  and subcommittees addressing a                                                                   
broad range of issues in the region.   Without the grant, the                                                                   
program would be  unable to afford the staff,  which provides                                                                   
the value that the membership relies upon.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Mr.  Gerhard pointed  out  that this  grant  is an  important                                                                   
piece of  their budget.  The  members supply about  twice the                                                                   
amount  in  dues and  other  support.   Together  that  money                                                                   
allows pursuing goals with staff,  rent, and teleconferences.                                                                   
If  the ARDOR's  were to  disappear, millions  of dollars  of                                                                   
federal  and private  grants would  no longer  flow into  the                                                                   
State.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Hawker voiced his  appreciation for  the work                                                                   
done on the shellfish mara-culture activities.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Williams advised that  to date, the Governor had not                                                                   
proposed  any budget  funding for  the ARDOR  program or  any                                                                   
program.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Representative Joule  pointed out that  there is a  web site,                                                                   
which highlights the Alaska Native  Arts resulting from ARDOR                                                                   
funding.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Representative Foster MOVED to  report HB 79 out of Committee                                                                   
with  individual recommendations  and  with the  accompanying                                                                   
fiscal note.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
HB  79  was  reported  out of  Committee  with  a  "do  pass"                                                                   
recommendation and  with a new  fiscal note by  Department of                                                                   
Community & Economic Development.                                                                                               
HOUSE BILL NO. 100                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     An Act making supplemental and other appropriations;                                                                       
     amending appropriations; and providing for an effective                                                                    
     date.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 110                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     An Act making supplemental and other appropriations;                                                                       
     amending appropriations; making appropriations to                                                                          
     capitalize funds; and providing for an effective date.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CHERYL  FRASCA, DIRECTOR,  DIVISION OF  MANAGEMENT &  BUDGET,                                                                   
OFFICE   OF  THE   GOVERNOR,   provided  'general   comments'                                                                   
regarding proposed supplemental package.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Williams  advised that  those  bills  would not  be                                                                   
moved from Committee today.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Ms.   Frasca   emphasized   that  all   requests   had   been                                                                   
scrutinized.   She  listed criteria  used  to determine  each                                                                   
request.  The total supplemental  request is in the amount of                                                                   
$63.3 million dollars of which,  $9 million needs to be "fast                                                                   
tracked".                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Frasca highlighted the reasons for supplemental growth:                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
   · Caseload growth with a net cost of $15 million dollars.                                                                    
     She noted  that savings in  the K-12 foundation  formula                                                                   
     had covered some of the caseload  growth. There was also                                                                   
     increased  tobacco  tax  proceeds  providing for  a  $13                                                                   
     million dollar savings;                                                                                                    
   · Disasters and fire suppression requests amounts to $31                                                                     
     million dollars;                                                                                                           
   · Short-funded programs in the amount of $7 million                                                                          
     dollars; and                                                                                                               
   · The balance of $11 million dollars will be used for                                                                        
     "other" kinds of requests.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Whitaker inquired  why "fair  share" had  not                                                                   
been included in the supplemental request.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Frasca  understood that was  a 'permitted'  program under                                                                   
federal regulations.   Their denial of the  plan is currently                                                                   
on appeal through  the administrative agency,  with a hearing                                                                   
scheduled  next month.   If that  process is not  successful,                                                                   
                                       th                                                                                       
then the State  will appeal it in the 9  Court  circuit.  The                                                                   
process  could take  a couple  years.   She  advised that  it                                                                   
would be 'premature' to replace those general funds.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Representative Whitaker  inquired if the $55  million dollars                                                                   
had been paid out.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Frasca  clarified that in  the 'accounting world',  it is                                                                   
booked as "income receivable".   The Administration is acting                                                                   
as if those funds will be received.   She understood that the                                                                   
funds would be spent throughout the fiscal year.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Joule  mentioned  the 'erosion  issue'.    He                                                                   
offered  to provide  information  regarding  that concern  by                                                                   
Monday, February 24th.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Foster   voiced  his  appreciation   for  the                                                                   
supplemental  recommendations   of  restoration   of  highway                                                                   
maintenance cuts, which had previously been made.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Frasca  responded that originally,  that amount  had been                                                                   
estimated at $3.1  million dollars.  The  Department 'shaved'                                                                   
that number off by $500,000 dollars;  additionally, there has                                                                   
not been a lot  of snow this year throughout the  State.  She                                                                   
noted there continues to be further savings potential.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Williams  commented  that Co-Chair  Harris'  office                                                                   
would  provide a  committee substitute  for this  legislation                                                                   
early next week.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Williams stated  that HB  100 and  HB 110 would  be                                                                   
HELD in Committee for further consideration.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 9                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     An Act relating  to the registration of  individuals who                                                                   
     perform  home  inspections;  relating to  regulation  of                                                                   
     contractors;   relating   to   registration   fees   for                                                                   
     specialty  contractors, home  inspectors, and  associate                                                                   
     home   inspectors;    relating   to    home   inspection                                                                   
     requirements   for   residential  loans   purchased   or                                                                   
     approved  by  the Alaska  Housing  Finance  Corporation;                                                                   
     relating   to  civil   actions  by   and  against   home                                                                   
     inspectors   and   to   civil   actions   arising   from                                                                   
     residential  unit  inspections;  and  providing  for  an                                                                   
     effective date.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair  Meyer MOVED  to ADOPT  the committee  substitute,                                                                   
#23-LS0029, Lauterbach,  2/19/03, as the version  of the bill                                                                   
before  the   Committee.  There   being  NO  OBJECTION,   the                                                                   
committee substitute was adopted.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  NORM ROKEBERG  outlined the  changes made  to                                                                   
the committee substitute.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
   · Page 1, Line 6:  Added language to the title reflecting                                                                    
     the repeal in Section 41 of the bill.                                                                                      
   · Page 5, Line 27 & Page 6, Line 8:  Added a requirement                                                                     
     that the  home inspector put his registration  number on                                                                   
     the  pre-inspection  contract,  as  well  as  the  final                                                                   
     report.                                                                                                                    
   · Page 10, Lines 12 & 13:  Included exception to the                                                                         
     statute  of limitations  for intentional  acts or  gross                                                                   
     negligence by the home inspector.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
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Representative  Rokeberg continued  highlighting the  changes                                                                   
made to the committee substitute.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
   · Page 10, Line 15:  Rewrote subsection © to be in the                                                                       
     affirmative.     Only  a   party  to  the   real  estate                                                                   
     transaction, or someone who received written permission                                                                    
     to use the home inspection report could sue the home                                                                       
     inspector.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Representative Whitaker referenced  Page 10(C), #2, and asked                                                                   
if  he should  assume  that would  be  the  attorney for  the                                                                   
person who is a party to the transaction.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Representative Rokeberg explained  that the provisions of the                                                                   
bill  assume that  anyone that  has  the report  must have  a                                                                   
written consent  of the person that  paid for it.   There has                                                                   
been  a problem  with the  reports being  'passed' around  to                                                                   
various people.   It is conceivable that the  manner in which                                                                   
the  legislation   is  drafted,   the  report  could   be  in                                                                   
possession  of   that  person   and  it  would   be  'legal'.                                                                   
Subsequently, that is under appeal.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Stoltze  distributed  a document,  which  had                                                                   
been submitted by one of his constituents.  (Copy on File).                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Joule  referenced   the  letter  in  member's                                                                   
packets from  Husky Enterprises.   (Copy on File).   He noted                                                                   
the statements  on Page  2, indicating  that the  legislation                                                                   
would drive the cost of home inspections  up in rural Alaska.                                                                   
Mr. Huss noted that construction  in Anchorage, Fairbanks and                                                                   
Juneau and  other large cities  would not be affected  by the                                                                   
legislation,  as the municipal  inspectors are 'exempt'  from                                                                   
licensing.   He  indicated that  the  legislation would  only                                                                   
target new construction in rural Alaska.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Rokeberg advised that  it was not  his intent                                                                   
to  create higher  costs for  inspections;  that process  was                                                                   
accomplished  by not providing  a board.   He noted  that the                                                                   
costs  of a  bond would  be $5,000  dollars.   Representative                                                                   
Rokeberg  indicated  that  it  is not  inappropriate  to  add                                                                   
inspectors  to  the  contractor's   licensure.    The  actual                                                                   
licensure would  cost $125 dollars  per year.  He  added that                                                                   
regarding the  issue of continuing  education, the  bill does                                                                   
provide  the   Division  of   Occupational  Licensing   draft                                                                   
regulations  as a  form of communication.    The bill is  not                                                                   
intended to  avoid those  costs and that  the level  of costs                                                                   
for the licensure is small.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Rokeberg  addressed concerns  with  focusing.                                                                   
It  is true  that  local building  code  is  enforced by  the                                                                   
building officials,  however, are  not enforced in  all areas                                                                   
of the State.   The point is that the bill  does exempt local                                                                   
inspectors under  municipal licensure.   He pointed  out that                                                                   
Alaska Housing  Finance Corporation (AHFC) has  supported the                                                                   
bill since inception.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Representative Joule  reiterated concerns voiced  by Mr. Huss                                                                   
of  Husky  Enterprises,  noting  how  the  legislation  could                                                                   
'drive'  rural  inspectors  out  of business.    Should  that                                                                   
scenario happen,  village areas would be faced  with bringing                                                                   
inspectors  in from  Anchorage  to perform  the  inspections,                                                                   
which would incur additional costs.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Meyer  asked if  the costs to  the State  would be                                                                   
recouped through the fees paid by the homebuilders.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Rokeberg  agreed  and reiterated  that  there                                                                   
would be no impact on the general fund.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Representative Foster  MOVED to ADOPT Amendment  #1. (Copy on                                                                   
File).  The amendment would delete  "homebuilders" on Page 7,                                                                   
Line  7,  and  insert  "home   building".      Representative                                                                   
Rokeberg acknowledged that the change was minimal.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
There being NO OBJECTION, it was adopted.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Representative Foster  MOVED to report  CS HB 9 (FIN)  out of                                                                   
Committee  with  individual  recommendations   and  with  the                                                                   
accompanying fiscal notes.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CS HB 9 (FIN) was reported out  of Committee with a "do pass"                                                                   
recommendation   and  with  zero   fiscal  note  #1   by  the                                                                   
Department of Revenue, zero fiscal  note #2 by the Department                                                                   
of Law,  zero fiscal  note #3  by the  Department of  Labor &                                                                   
Workforce Development,  and fiscal note #4 by  the Department                                                                   
of Community & Economic Development.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 101                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     An Act  making a  special appropriation  for a  grant to                                                                   
     Arctic  Power  to  promote  the opening  of  the  Arctic                                                                   
     National  Wildlife Refuge  for oil  and gas  exploration                                                                   
     and development; and providing for an effective date.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
TOM WRIGHT, HOUSE FINANCE STAFF,  REPRESENTATIVE JOHN HARRIS,                                                                   
stated that  HB 101 would  appropriate $3 million  dollars in                                                                   
general  funds to  Arctic Power  to  use in  its campaign  to                                                                   
secure  necessary   support  in  the  U.S.   Senate  to  pass                                                                   
legislation  opening Arctic National  Wildlife Refuge  (ANWR)                                                                   
for oil exploration.  The Budget  Reconciliation bill will be                                                                   
considered early in the Congressional  session.  He commented                                                                   
that  it is  important that  Arctic  Power be  active in  its                                                                   
promotion of opening ANWR throughout  the early part of 2003.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Wright noted that HB 101 would  also appropriate $100,000                                                                   
in general  fund dollars  to the  native village of  Kaktovik                                                                   
for their community  outreach effort to gain  support for the                                                                   
opening  of ANWR  from Congressional  members in  Washington,                                                                   
D.C.                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
He  added  that Alaska's  Congressional  delegation  believes                                                                   
that they  may have  the support to  pass ANWR language  this                                                                   
year.   The  educational  efforts  provided  by Arctic  Power                                                                   
could very  well tip  the scales  in Alaska's favor  whenever                                                                   
that  vote reaches  the  Senate floor.    With the  long-term                                                                   
decrease  in  State  revenue  from  existing  fields,  it  is                                                                   
imperative that Alaska develops  additional new fields in the                                                                   
future.  ANWR is an important part of our fiscal future.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Foster  inquired   how  many  years  had  the                                                                   
Legislature been attempting to achieve the opening of ANWR.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Wright  responded that it has  been nine to ten  years in                                                                   
the making.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MIKE NAVARRE,  (TESTIFIED VIA  TELECONFERENCE), ARCTIC  POWER                                                                   
BOARD, REPRESENTING SELF, KENAI,  encouraged the Committee to                                                                   
support  the proposed  legislation  and  ongoing funding  for                                                                   
Arctic Power.   He noted that he had lobbied  for opening the                                                                   
fields of ANWR  for many years and that area  has the highest                                                                   
discovery  potential  in  North  America.   He  claimed  that                                                                   
opening  ANWR   would  provide   the  State  of   Alaska  the                                                                   
opportunity, which will pay investments and great returns.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SALLY ANN  CAREY, (TESTIFIED  VIA TELECONFERENCE),  MEMBER OF                                                                   
ARCTIC  POWER,  HEALTH,  SAFETY  AND  ENVIRONMENTAL  TRAINING                                                                   
CONSULTANTS,  ANCHORAGE, discussed  that  $3 million  dollars                                                                   
was a  small investment  for the return  that it  would bring                                                                   
into  Alaska.   Opening ANWR  would  extend Alaskan  careers,                                                                   
production, and sales of local  product, services and funding                                                                   
for  our State.   She  encouraged that  funding Arctic  Power                                                                   
would be a prudent decision.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARY   SHIELDS,  (TESTIFIED   VIA  TELECONFERENCE),   GENERAL                                                                   
MANAGER, NORTHWEST  TECHNICAL  SERVICES, ANCHORAGE,  spoke in                                                                   
support  of the proposed  legislation.   She emphasized  that                                                                   
the future  is now and  that it is  time to open  the Arctic.                                                                   
She encouraged  the Legislature's  support of passage  of the                                                                   
                                         st                                                                                     
bill with an effective date of January 1.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
BRAD SNOW,  (TESTIFIED VIA TELECONFERENCE),  SELF-TOUR GUIDE,                                                                   
FAIRBANKS, testified in opposition  to HB 101.  He noted that                                                                   
he opposed providing  funds to an organization  that directly                                                                   
threatens his  livelihood.  He  claimed that through  support                                                                   
of the  proposed legislation,  the State would  undermine the                                                                   
infrastructure of the tourism industry.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
DEB   MOORE,    (TESTIFIED   VIA   TELECONFERENCE),    ARCTIC                                                                   
COORDINATOR,    NORTHERN   ALASKA    ENVIRONMENTAL    CENTER,                                                                   
FAIRBANKS,  spoke in  opposition to  HB 101.   She  expressed                                                                   
concern for  the non-representation  of environmental  groups                                                                   
during  the process.   She stressed  that Arctic  Power  is a                                                                   
special interest  group whose  sole purpose  is to  lobby the                                                                   
opening of ANWR.  She claimed  that it is inappropriate to be                                                                   
using State  money for a  special interest group  considering                                                                   
that 1/3 of the State's population opposes the drilling.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Moore criticized  supporting private industry  with State                                                                   
resources,  especially  in times  of  financial  constraints.                                                                   
State  money should  be  spent  for things  that  are in  the                                                                   
interest of  all Alaskans and  serve the public at  large and                                                                   
not just  the oil  industry and their  allies.  She  proposed                                                                   
that industry fund the opening  of ANWR.  Ms. Moore urged the                                                                   
Committee to oppose HB 101.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
LUCI BEACH,  (TESTIFIED VIA TELECONFERENCE),  GWITCH STEERING                                                                   
COMMITTEE, FAIRBANKS,  testified in  opposition to  the bill.                                                                   
She discussed the  sacred significance of these  lands to her                                                                   
culture and her people.  Ms. Beach  voiced concern that while                                                                   
the State budget  was being heavily cut, the  Legislature was                                                                   
considering  funding a  private endeavor.   She stressed  the                                                                   
closure of  schools in rural areas,  as well as  agency cuts.                                                                   
Ms. Beach  stressed that  the oil  companies should  bear the                                                                   
financial burden of such an endeavor.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
GINNY  WOOD,   (TESTIFIED  VIA  TELECONFERENCE),   FAIRBANKS,                                                                   
testified  in  opposition the  bill.   She  noted  historical                                                                   
examples of  economic gains, which  claimed to  develop Artic                                                                   
resources.   She  maintained  that the  present  plan is  not                                                                   
accountable  and that  the economic  feasibility is  dubious.                                                                   
She expressed  concern over what  she termed a great  deal of                                                                   
misinformation  regarding  the  amount  of oil  available  in                                                                   
Arctic area.  She urged that the  Committee not pass the bill                                                                   
from Committee.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
JIM  SYKES,  (TESTIFIED  VIA  TELECONFERENCE),  FOUNDER,  OIL                                                                   
WATCH-ALASKA, MAT-SU,  urged that the Committee  veto HB 101.                                                                   
The millions  of dollars already  given to Arctic  Power have                                                                   
produced nothing  to date.  He  urged that there be  an audit                                                                   
on the use of State funds.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Sykes  noted that British  Petroleum (BP) has  pulled out                                                                   
of Arctic  Power.   He claimed that  Arctic Refuge  oil would                                                                   
mean  a cut of  40% in  royalties to  the State.   The  State                                                                   
'must'  focus  on  the  development   of  State  lands  as  a                                                                   
priority.   The  State  cannot afford  to  throw "good  money                                                                   
after bad", when the State needs  public education and public                                                                   
safety.  He mentioned the "windfall  profit tax" and how much                                                                   
that tax  would have generated for  the State had it  been in                                                                   
place.  He reiterated that Arctic Power should be audited.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
KIMBERLY DUKE,  EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ARCTIC  POWER, ANCHORAGE,                                                                   
clarified  that  Arctic  Power  has  been  working  with  the                                                                   
Congressional  delegation, the  Governor and the  Legislature                                                                   
for  opening  ANWR.    She  stressed  that  there  have  been                                                                   
considerable  successes  along  the  way and  that  with  the                                                                   
support  of  the President,  circumstances  have  never  been                                                                   
better.  Ms. Duke claimed that  investing in Arctic Power has                                                                   
always been  an investment of  Alaska's future.  Oil  and gas                                                                   
development  is  the 'bread  and  butter' of  Alaska's  State                                                                   
budget and  funds 80%  of the overall  budget.  She  stressed                                                                   
that it would be a wise investment for Alaska.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
The  U.S.  Geological   Survey  has  placed   a  conservative                                                                   
estimate of 10 billion barrels  of oil in the ANWR area.  She                                                                   
stated that would  be equal to the amount recovered  from the                                                                   
Prudoe Bay field.  That level  of production would double the                                                                   
level of  production in  the pipeline  right now bringing  it                                                                   
back to capacity of 2 million barrels per day.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Duke reminded  members that the land is  federal land and                                                                   
that the  State will  receive 50% in  royalties.   In current                                                                   
legislation,  that would  amount to $1.5  billion dollars  in                                                                   
royalties for the State of Alaska.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
She noted that  U.S. Senator Stevens has indicated  that when                                                                   
the refuge  was expanded in  1980, his 'compromise  deal' was                                                                   
to  keep  the  coastal  plain  area  open  for  oil  and  gas                                                                   
exploration.  The Department  of Interior  approved that  and                                                                   
recommended exploration  in 1987.  Opening ANWR  will provide                                                                   
jobs and increase domestic production.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Duke stressed  that Arctic Power has been  working on the                                                                   
issue  for 10 years.   She  noted that  by the  end of  2002,                                                                   
there  were   20  votes  through  Congress   through  various                                                                   
committees and  on the floor.   President Clinton  vetoed the                                                                   
legislation in 1995.   In 2001, the House  passed legislation                                                                   
and  it was  vetoed and  did not  move past  that body  until                                                                   
2002.  She  noted that political considerations  have changed                                                                   
dramatically since that time.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Duke  commented  on  the 'open  book'  policy  of  grant                                                                   
funding  done by  Arctic Power,  noting that  their money  is                                                                   
audited.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Representative Stoltze  asked if during the  process if there                                                                   
had  been  any   efforts  to  preclude  certain   areas  from                                                                   
drilling.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Duke responded  that there had been a number  of attempts                                                                   
to preclude  certain areas  and there have  been a  number of                                                                   
bills regularly filed to open  areas.  The coastal plain area                                                                   
is outside  the designated wilderness  of the  Arctic Refuge.                                                                   
Out  of  19 million  acres,  there  are  8 million  acres  of                                                                   
designated  refuge,  which  would include  the  Brooks  Range                                                                   
where a lot of the tourist activities take place.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Stoltze  asked for  a composition  of  groups                                                                   
involved with Arctic Power.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Duke   advised  that  Arctic   Power  is   a  non-profit                                                                   
organization,  '501  C6',  and  is operated  by  a  Board  of                                                                   
Directors.  Arctic Power has been  in existence for ten years                                                                   
and  it is  a  "grass  roots organization"  representing  the                                                                   
State of  Alaska in Congress in  this 'battle'.   She claimed                                                                   
that  Arctic  Power  has approximately  75%  support  in  the                                                                   
State.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
BARBARA HUF TUCKNESS, DIRECTOR  OF LEGISLATIVE & GOVERNMENTAL                                                                   
AFFAIRS, LOCAL 959, JUNEAU, spoke  on record in support of HB                                                                   
101.   She noted that Arctic  Power is an excellent  resource                                                                   
for educating  the Alaskan people.   Ms. Huff  Tuckness noted                                                                   
that many members  in the Union are or have  been employed on                                                                   
the North Slope.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
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Ms.  Huff  Tuckness identified  job  opportunities  that  the                                                                   
State can look  forward to with development.   She urged that                                                                   
the State  look at  what can  proactively be  done, as  those                                                                   
resources are  needed for the  long term.  Ms.  Huff Tuckness                                                                   
strongly recommended  that the members support  and move from                                                                   
Committee, HB 101.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Representative Stoltze commented  that past Legislature's had                                                                   
gone on record  supporting the legislation  encouraging local                                                                   
hire and  fair share.  He  asked if oil companies  would have                                                                   
the same commitment  for lobbying for concerns  for the State                                                                   
of Alaska.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Huff Tuckness believed that they would.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Representative   Stoltze  reiterated,   asking  if   the  oil                                                                   
companies would  be attentive to  local hire and  those other                                                                   
provisions.   He pointed  out that  the Legislature  does not                                                                   
have  the same  interests  as the  oil  companies and  voiced                                                                   
concern that they take care of the local hire issues.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Huff   Tuckness  explained   that  from  a   Legislative                                                                   
perspective,  there   are  many  issues  of   concern.    The                                                                   
Legislature  must  move forward  to  guarantee  that all  the                                                                   
issues are identified.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MATT DAVIDSON,  ALASKA CONSERVATION  ALLIANCE (ACA)  ADVOCATE                                                                   
FOR THE  ALASKA CONSERVATION  VOTERS, JUNEAU, requested  that                                                                   
the  bill  be  reconsidered.     He  noted  that  the  Alaska                                                                   
Conservation  Alliance (ACA) and  Alaska Conservation  Voters                                                                   
are sister  nonprofit organizations  dedicated to  protecting                                                                   
Alaska's environment  through public education  and advocacy.                                                                   
The  44 member  organizations and  businesses represent  over                                                                   
35,000  registered Alaskan  voters.   As  many Alaskans,  the                                                                   
members want to  be assured that the State's  limited general                                                                   
funds are  being put to the best  uses.  The State  has given                                                                   
Arctic Power  $7.5 million  dollars over  the past  10 years.                                                                   
Witnessing State agencies and  other entities being cut back.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Mr.  Davidson  interjected  that  before  appropriating  $3.1                                                                   
million  dollars to  Arctic  Power, legislators  should  seek                                                                   
answers to these questions:                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
        • Ask is this a responsible way to handle the                                                                           
           budget gap  with  the  limited funding  for  basic                                                                   
           protection of  fish habitat and  clean water.   He                                                                   
           asked  why  should  the  State  dump  millions  of                                                                   
           dollars into the Arctic Power black hole.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
        • Ask where has the money gone.  In the last two                                                                        
           years,  Arctic  Power   has  received   almost  $5                                                                   
           million dollars  from  the  State of  Alaska  with                                                                   
           nothing to  show.   The  reports regarding  Arctic                                                                   
           Power indicate  that  they 'bankroll  high-priced'                                                                   
           lobby firms in Washington D.C.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
        • Ask why should Alaskans pay for an effort that                                                                        
           benefits multinational oil companies.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
        • Ask how does the Legislature plan to hold Arctic                                                                      
           Power  accountable   for   those   general   funds                                                                   
           appropriated.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Mr.  Davidson concluded  that the  money under  consideration                                                                   
for  Arctic  Power's  use  is   funding  that  would  not  be                                                                   
available  to  address  statewide needs.    Essentially,  all                                                                   
Alaskans are being  asked to help finance the  oil industry's                                                                   
lobbying efforts  and in return,  it is reasonable  for full,                                                                   
public  disclosure  of  how  they   spend  that  money.    He                                                                   
encouraged members of the House  Finance Committee to ask for                                                                   
that information before authorizing any additional funds.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Williams  stated  that  HB  101 would  be  HELD  in                                                                   
Committee for further consideration.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
The meeting was adjourned at 3:32 P.M.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                

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