Legislature(2003 - 2004)

04/20/2004 08:40 AM FIN

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                  HOUSE FINANCE COMMITTEE                                                                                       
                       April 20, 2004                                                                                           
                         8:40 A.M.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
TAPE HFC 04 - 89, Side A                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CALL TO ORDER                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Williams called the House Finance Committee meeting                                                                    
to order at 8:40 A.M.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Representative John Harris, Co-Chair                                                                                            
Representative Bill Williams, Co-Chair                                                                                          
Representative Kevin Meyer, Vice-Chair                                                                                          
Representative Mike Chenault                                                                                                    
Representative Hugh Fate                                                                                                        
Representative Richard Foster                                                                                                   
Representative Mike Hawker                                                                                                      
Representative Carl Moses                                                                                                       
Representative Bill Stoltze                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Representative Eric Croft                                                                                                       
Representative Reggie Joule                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
ALSO PRESENT                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Sue Stancliff, Staff to Representative Kott; Guy Bell,                                                                          
Director, Division of Administrative Services, Department of                                                                    
Labor & Workforce Development                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
PRESENT VIA TELECONFERENCE                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
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SUMMARY                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
HB 489    An Act relating to the administration of the                                                                          
          Alaska Vocational Technical Center; and providing                                                                     
          for an effective date.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
          HB 489 was REPORTED out of Committee with a "do                                                                       
          pass" recommendation and with one previously                                                                          
          published fiscal impact note.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
HCR 32    Relating   to   information    infrastructure   and                                                                   
          establishing the Alaska Information Infrastructure                                                                    
          Policy Task Force.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
          CSHCR 32(EDT) was REPORTED  out of Committee with a                                                                   
          "do  pass" recommendation  and with two  previously                                                                   
          published fiscal impact notes.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
HB 467    An  Act establishing  an Alaska Commemorative  Coin                                                                   
          Commission  to develop the  design concepts  and to                                                                   
          make recommendations  regarding the final design of                                                                   
          the   Alaska   quarter    under   the   50   States                                                                   
          Commemorative  Coin Program Act; and  providing for                                                                   
          an effective date.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
          CSHB  467(FIN) was REPORTED  out of Committee  with                                                                   
          individual  recommendations and  with one  new zero                                                                   
          fiscal impact note.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 489                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     An Act relating to the administration of the Alaska                                                                        
     Vocational Technical Center; and providing for an                                                                          
     effective date.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
GUY  BELL,  DIRECTOR, DIVISION  OF  ADMINISTRATIVE  SERVICES,                                                                   
DEPARTMENT OF  LABOR & WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT,  explained that                                                                   
the bill  relates to the  Alaska Vocational Technical  Center                                                                   
(AVTEC) in  Seward.  The  2003 legislative session  passed SB                                                                   
192 that transferred  AVTEC from the Department  of Education                                                                   
and  Early  Development  to  the   Department  of  Labor  and                                                                   
Workforce Development  (DOLWD).  When the  transfer occurred,                                                                   
the  tuition  and  fee  setting  statutory  authority  didn't                                                                   
transfer  to the  DOLWD's authority,  which  was a  technical                                                                   
oversight.   This bill would allow  the DOLWD to  set tuition                                                                   
and other  fees for  students at  AVTEC through a  regulatory                                                                   
process by  means of  a simple  technical correction  to last                                                                   
year's legislation.  There is no fiscal impact  because AVTEC                                                                   
currently charges tuition and fees.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Foster   MOVED  to  report  HB   489  out  of                                                                   
Committee   with    individual   recommendations    and   the                                                                   
accompanying fiscal  note. There  being NO OBJECTION,  it was                                                                   
so ordered.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
HB  489  was REPORTED  out  of  Committee  with a  "do  pass"                                                                   
recommendation  and  with  one  previously  published  fiscal                                                                   
impact note.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 32                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     Relating to information infrastructure and establishing                                                                    
     the Alaska Information Infrastructure Policy Task                                                                          
     Force.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Harris  referred to  the fiscal  note and  asked the                                                                   
length of time that the one position would be authorized.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SUE STANCLIFF,  STAFF TO REPRESENTATIVE KOTT,  explained that                                                                   
the  Task Force  would  begin  work June  1,  2004 and  would                                                                   
terminate no later than the adjournment  of the first regular                                                                   
session. The sponsor  did not anticipate that  the Task Force                                                                   
would  take that long  but added  the extension  as a  safety                                                                   
measure.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Harris asked why the  Task Force is authorized for a                                                                   
longer time  if the report is  due the first day  of session.                                                                   
Ms. Stancliff agreed  that the Task Force is  not anticipated                                                                   
to extend  beyond the  report deadline,  but the sponsor  was                                                                   
concerned  that  there  may  be  further  recommendations  or                                                                   
findings  that would  require  additional  time. She  thought                                                                   
that staff could handle the legislation.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Williams asked  if staff familiar  with the  issues                                                                   
would be  needed for  follow through.   Ms. Stancliff  agreed                                                                   
that   staff   with  "institutional   knowledge"   would   be                                                                   
beneficial to the Task Force and the next Legislature.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Foster MOVED to  report CSHCR 32(EDT)  out of                                                                   
Committee   with    individual   recommendations    and   the                                                                   
accompanying fiscal  notes. There being NO OBJECTION,  it was                                                                   
so ordered.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CSHCR 32(EDT) was REPORTED out  of Committee with a "do pass"                                                                   
recommendation  and  with  two  previously  published  fiscal                                                                   
impact notes.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 467                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     An  Act   establishing  an  Alaska   Commemorative  Coin                                                                   
     Commission  to develop the  design concepts and  to make                                                                   
     recommendations  regarding   the  final  design  of  the                                                                   
     Alaska quarter  under the  50 States Commemorative  Coin                                                                   
     Program Act; and providing for an effective date.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Williams  noted that HB 467 had been  heard on April                                                                   
19 and  that Representative Stoltze  worked with  the sponsor                                                                   
to draft an amendment.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Representative Stoltze MOVED to  ADOPT Amendment #1. Co-Chair                                                                   
Harris OBJECTED for purposes of discussion.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Amendment #1 reads:                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
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          Delete "six"                                                                                                          
          Insert "10"                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
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          Delete "one member shall be a resident"                                                                               
          Insert "two members shall be residents"                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
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          Delete all material.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
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          Delete "(4)"                                                                                                          
          Insert "(2)"                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Stoltze  explained  that  he  had  previously                                                                   
proposed   deleting    legislative   appointees    from   the                                                                   
Commission.   Co-Chair   Harris   asked  if   the   amendment                                                                   
eliminates  all references  to  legislators being  appointed.                                                                   
Representative Stoltze affirmed.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Harris  withdrew  his objection  to  Amendment  #1.                                                                   
Amendment #1 was adopted.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Foster MOVED to  report CSHB 467(FIN)  out of                                                                   
Committee   with    individual   recommendations    and   the                                                                   
accompanying fiscal  note. There  being NO OBJECTION,  it was                                                                   
so ordered.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CSHB 467(FIN)  was REPORTED out of Committee  with individual                                                                   
recommendations and with one new zero fiscal impact note.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
The meeting was adjourned at 8:51 A.M.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                

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