Legislature(2013 - 2014)SENATE FINANCE 532

04/04/2013 04:00 PM CONFERENCE COMMITTEE ON HB 65 AND HB 66


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HB 65 APPROP: OPERATING BUDGET/LOANS/FUNDS
Heard & Held
HB 66 APPROP: MENTAL HEALTH BUDGET
Heard & Held
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               28TH ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                    
                       FIRST SESSION                                                                                            
           CONFERENCE COMMITTEE ON HB65 and HB66                                                                                
                       April 4, 2013                                                                                            
                         4:06 p.m.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
4:06:57 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CALL TO ORDER                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Chair Austerman called the Conference Committee meeting on                                                                      
HB65 and HB66 to order at 4:06 p.m.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT:                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
House:                                                                                                                          
Representative Alan Austerman, Chair                                                                                            
Representative Bill Stoltze                                                                                                     
Representative Les Gara                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Senate:                                                                                                                         
Senator Pete Kelly, Vice-Chair                                                                                                  
Senator Kevin Meyer                                                                                                             
Senator Lyman Hoffman                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
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 65     APPROP: OPERATING BUDGET/LOANS/FUNDS                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
          HB 65 was HEARD and HELD in committee for further                                                                     
          consideration.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
HB 66     APPROP: MENTAL HEALTH BUDGET                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
          HB 66 was HEARD and HELD in committee for further                                                                     
          consideration.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 65(FIN)                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     "An  Act making  appropriations for  the operating  and                                                                    
     loan  program  expenses  of state  government  and  for                                                                    
     certain  programs,   capitalizing  funds,   and  making                                                                    
     reappropriations;  and   providing  for   an  effective                                                                    
     date."                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SENATE CS FOR CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 65(FIN)                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     "An  Act making  appropriations for  the operating  and                                                                    
     loan  program  expenses  of state  government  and  for                                                                    
     certain  programs,   capitalizing  funds,   and  making                                                                    
     reappropriations;  and   providing  for   an  effective                                                                    
     date."                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
and                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 66(FIN)                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     "An  Act making  appropriations for  the operating  and                                                                    
     capital    expenses   of    the   state's    integrated                                                                    
     comprehensive  mental  health   program  and  making  a                                                                    
     reappropriation; and providing for an effective date."                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SENATE CS FOR CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 66(FIN)                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     "An  Act making  appropriations for  the operating  and                                                                    
     capital    expenses   of    the   state's    integrated                                                                    
     comprehensive  mental  health   program  and  making  a                                                                    
     reappropriation; and providing for an effective date."                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
4:07:25 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator Kelly MOVED that Representative Austerman serve as                                                                      
the presiding chair of the FY 14 Conference Committee on HB                                                                     
65 and HB 66. There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Chair Austerman MOVED that Senator Kelly serve as Vice-                                                                         
chair of the FY 14 Conference Committee on HB 65 and HB 66.                                                                     
There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Chair  Austerman  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  Austerman  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  Austerman  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 Kelly MOVED that  all appropriations and language                                                                    
in the FY  14 operating budget that were  identical in House                                                                    
and Senate  versions of HB  65 and  HB 66 be  adopted. There                                                                    
being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Chair  Austerman  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 Kelly 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 Austerman  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 4pm until a consensus is established.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
HB  65  was   HEARD  and  HELD  in   committee  for  further                                                                    
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
HB 66 was HEARD and HELD in committee for further                                                                               
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
4:11:27 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
The meeting was adjourned at 4:11 p.m.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                

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