Legislature(2015 - 2016)SENATE FINANCE 532

04/08/2016 04:00 PM CONFERENCE COMMITTEE ON HB256 AND HB257

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04:10:00 PM Start
04:14:20 PM Adjourn
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Organizational Meeting
HB 256 APPROP: OPERATING BUDGET/LOANS/FUNDS
Heard & Held
HB 257 APPROP: MENTAL HEALTH BUDGET
Heard & Held
               29TH ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                    
                      SECOND SESSION                                                                                            
         CONFERENCE COMMITTEE ON HB 256 and HB 257                                                                              
                       April 8, 2016                                                                                            
                         4:10 p.m.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
4:10:00 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CALL TO ORDER                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Chair Kelly called the Conference Committee meeting on HB
256 and HB 257 to order at 4:10 p.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT:                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Senate:                                                                                                                         
Senator Pete Kelly, Chair                                                                                                       
Senator Anna MacKinnon                                                                                                          
Senator Lyman Hoffman                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
House:                                                                                                                          
Representative Mark Neuman, Vice-Chair                                                                                          
Representative Steve Thompson                                                                                                   
Representative Les Gara                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
None                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
ALSO PRESENT:                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
David Teal,  Director, Legislative Finance  Division; fiscal                                                                    
analysts  with  the  Office of  Management  and  Budget  and                                                                    
Legislative  Finance   Division;  and  aides   to  committee                                                                    
members and other members of the Legislature.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SUMMARY                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
HB 256    APPROP: OPERATING BUDGET/LOANS/FUNDS                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
          HB 256 was HEARD and HELD in committee for                                                                            
          further consideration.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
HB 257    APPROP: MENTAL HEALTH BUDGET                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
          HB 257 was HEARD and HELD in committee for                                                                            
          further consideration.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 256(FIN)                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     "An  Act making  appropriations for  the operating  and                                                                    
     loan  program  expenses  of state  government  and  for                                                                    
     certain   programs;    capitalizing   funds;   amending                                                                    
     appropriations;   repealing    appropriations;   making                                                                    
     supplemental  appropriations;  and   providing  for  an                                                                    
     effective date."                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                              
SENATE CS FOR CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 256(FIN)                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
     "An  Act making  appropriations for  the operating  and                                                                    
     loan  program  expenses  of state  government  and  for                                                                    
     certain   programs;    capitalizing   funds;   amending                                                                    
     appropriations;   repealing    appropriations;   making                                                                    
     supplemental  appropriations;  and   providing  for  an                                                                    
     effective date."                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
and                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 257(FIN)                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     "An  Act making  appropriations for  the operating  and                                                                    
     capital    expenses   of    the   state's    integrated                                                                    
     comprehensive    mental    health    program;    making                                                                    
     supplemental  appropriations;  and   providing  for  an                                                                    
     effective date."                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SENATE CS FOR CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 257(FIN)                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
     "An  Act making  appropriations for  the operating  and                                                                    
     capital    expenses   of    the   state's    integrated                                                                    
     comprehensive mental health  program; and providing for                                                                    
     an effective date."                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
4:10:00 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Representative Neuman MOVED that  Senator Kelly serve as the                                                                    
presiding chair of the FY  17 Conference Committee on HB 256                                                                    
and HB 257. There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Chair Kelly MOVED that Representative  Neuman serve as Vice-                                                                    
Chair of  the FY 17  Conference Committee  on HB 256  and HB
257. There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Chair   Kelly   reviewed   procedures  pertaining   to   the                                                                    
conference  committee.  He noted  that  both  the House  and                                                                    
Senate  budget process  allowed for  public testimony.  That                                                                    
portion  of  the  process   was  concluded;  the  conference                                                                    
committee would not accept  further public testimony. Unless                                                                    
invited  by  the  Chair,  only  members  of  the  conference                                                                    
committee  would take  part  in discussions  or  sit at  the                                                                    
table.  He  noted  that  the  director  of  the  Legislative                                                                    
Finance  Division  would be  invited  to  sit at  the  table                                                                    
beginning with the next meeting.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Chair Kelly  observed that the Legislative  Finance Division                                                                    
had been directed to prepare  the "motion sheets" for use by                                                                    
the conference  committee. The motion sheets  summarized the                                                                    
differences  between the  two versions  of the  bills before                                                                    
the   conference  committee   and   were   located  on   the                                                                    
Legislative Finance Division's website.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Chair Kelly  explained that  the conference  committee would                                                                    
operate  under  Uniform  Rule  42.  All  action  required  a                                                                    
majority  vote  from  each  body for  adoption.  A  copy  of                                                                    
Uniform Rule 42 and related  legal opinions were provided in                                                                    
each member's  packet. Motions required  a majority  of each                                                                    
body.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair   Neuman  MOVED   that  all   appropriations  and                                                                    
language in the  FY 17 operating budget  that were identical                                                                    
in  House and  Senate  versions  of HB  256  and  HB 257  be                                                                    
adopted.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Representative Gara OBJECTED  for DISCUSSION. Representative                                                                    
Gara  WITHDREW the  OBJECTION.  He hoped  there  would be  a                                                                    
discussion of items that fell outside of Rule 70.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Chair Kelly stated  that the request was  only allowed under                                                                    
permission  of  the Speaker  of  the  House and  the  Senate                                                                    
President.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Chair Kelly  observed that the committee  would need limited                                                                    
powers to reach agreements.  He explained that under limited                                                                    
powers  the  Conference  Committee could  adopt  any  amount                                                                    
between zero and  the higher of the House  or Senate version                                                                    
of each item subject to conference.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair  Neuman  MOVED  to   ADOPT  a  letter  requesting                                                                    
limited powers  of free conference  for the items  that were                                                                    
not identical. There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Chair Kelly  observed that the  committee meetings  would be                                                                    
posted  on BASIS  under  the 24-hour  rule.  He relayed  the                                                                    
expectation that  the committee  would meet  every afternoon                                                                    
at 4:00 p.m. until a consensus was established.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
HB  256  was  HEARD  and   HELD  in  committee  for  further                                                                    
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
HB  257  was  HEARD  and   HELD  in  committee  for  further                                                                    
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
4:14:20 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
The meeting was adjourned at 4:14 p.m.                                                                                          

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