Legislature(2013 - 2014)SENATE FINANCE 532

04/10/2013 04:00 PM CONFERENCE COMMITTEE ON HB 65 AND HB 66


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04:09:07 PM Start
04:19:58 PM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
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= HB 65 APPROP: OPERATING BUDGET/LOANS/FUNDS
Heard & Held
= HB 66 APPROP: MENTAL HEALTH BUDGET
Heard & Held
- Dept. of Commerce, Community & Economic
Development
- Dept. of Natural Resources
- Dept. of Revenue
- Alaska Court System
- Alaska State Legislature
               28TH ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                    
                       FIRST SESSION                                                                                            
          CONFERENCE COMMITTEE ON HB 65 and HB 66                                                                               
                      April 10, 2013                                                                                            
                         4:09 p.m.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
4:09:07 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CALL TO ORDER                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Chair Austerman called the Conference Committee meeting on                                                                      
HB 65 and HB 66 to order at 4:09 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."                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
DEPARTMENTS                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     Commerce, Community & Economic Development                                                                                 
     Natural Resources                                                                                                          
     Revenue                                                                                                                    
     Court System                                                                                                               
     Legislature                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Chair Austerman  communicated that the  conference committee                                                                    
would be  meeting on HB  65 and HB  66 open items.  He noted                                                                    
that Limited Powers  of Free Conference had  been granted by                                                                    
both the Senate  and the House. Departments  with open items                                                                    
would be taken up based  on the motion sheets distributed to                                                                    
members  earlier in  the day  and dated  April 10,  2013. He                                                                    
relayed  that the  conference  committee  would not  address                                                                    
open  items  from  the   following  departments  during  the                                                                    
current meeting:                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
4:10:16 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
COMMERCE COMMUNITY and ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Kelly  MOVED to ADOPT the  Chair's recommendation                                                                    
on  the  following items  for  the  Department of  Commerce,                                                                    
Community and Economic Development budget:                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
          Item 1    Senate                                                                                                      
          Item 2    Senate                                                                                                      
          Item 3    House plus $94,500                                                                                          
          Item 4    Senate                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
4:11:16 PM                                                                                                                    
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:11:44 PM                                                                                                                    
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
          Item 6    Senate and change date to November 1st                                                                      
          Item 7    Senate                                                                                                      
          Item 8    Senate                                                                                                      
          Item 9    Senate                                                                                                      
          Item 11  Senate                                                                                                       
          Item 13   House                                                                                                       
          Item 14   Senate                                                                                                      
          Item 15   Senate                                                                                                      
          Item 16   House                                                                                                       
          Item 17   Senate as a One-Time Item                                                                                   
          Item 19   House                                                                                                       
          Item 20   House                                                                                                       
          Item 21   House                                                                                                       
          Item 22   House                                                                                                       
          Item 23   House                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Item 5,  Item 10,  Item 12,  Item 18,  and Item  24 remained                                                                    
open.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
4:14:27 PM                                                                                                                    
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:15:01 PM                                                                                                                    
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
4:15:31 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Kelly  MOVED to ADOPT the  Chair's recommendation                                                                    
on  the  following  items  for  the  Department  of  Natural                                                                    
Resources budget:                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     Item 1    House plus $150,000                                                                                              
     Item 2    House                                                                                                            
     Item 3    House                                                                                                            
     Item 4    Senate                                                                                                           
     Item 5    Senate                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Item 6 and Item 7 remained open.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
4:16:11 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Kelly  MOVED to ADOPT the  Chair's recommendation                                                                    
on  the  following  items  for  the  Department  of  Revenue                                                                    
budget:                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
     Item 1    Senate minus $41,000                                                                                             
     Item 2    Senate                                                                                                           
     Item 3    Senate minus $93,000                                                                                             
     Item 4    Senate                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Gara OBJECTED  for discussion.  He addressed                                                                    
item  3,  and  stated  that  the  Senate  had  proposed  the                                                                    
governor's proposal to add the  staff necessary to audit the                                                                    
potentially  new  oil tax.  He  remarked  that there  was  a                                                                    
former auditing position that he felt was unnecessary.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Representative Gara withdrew his objection.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered. The action                                                                         
closed all conferencable items in the budget for the                                                                            
Department of Revenue.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
4:17:56 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
COURT SYSTEM                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Kelly MOVED to ADOPT the Chair's recommendation                                                                      
on the following items for the Court System budget:                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     Item 1    House                                                                                                            
     Item 2    House                                                                                                            
     Item 3    House plus $174,100                                                                                              
     Item 4    House                                                                                                            
     Item 5    House                                                                                                            
     Item 6    Senate                                                                                                           
     Item 7    House                                                                                                            
     Item 8    Senate                                                                                                           
     Item 9    Senate                                                                                                           
     Item 10   House                                                                                                            
     Item 11   House                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered. The action                                                                         
closed all conferencable items in the budget for the Court                                                                      
System.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:18:51 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LEGISLATURE                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Kelly MOVED to ADOPT the Chair's recommendation                                                                      
on the following items for the Legislature budget:                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     Item 1    House plus $750,000                                                                                              
     Item 2    House plus $450,000                                                                                              
     Item 3    Senate                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
          Additional Agency Conditional Language to read:                                                                       
     "The  amount  allocated  to the  Legislative  Operating                                                                    
     Budget includes  $300,000 for planning and  other costs                                                                    
     associated   with   hosting   the  Council   of   State                                                                    
     Governments and Council of  State Governments West 2014                                                                    
     conferences  to  be  held   in  Anchorage.  The  amount                                                                    
     allocated  for those  conferences  is appropriated  for                                                                    
     the fiscal  years ending  June 30,  2014, and  June 30,                                                                    
     2015."                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered. The action                                                                         
closed all conferencable items in the budget for the                                                                            
Legislature.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
4:19:58 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Chair Austerman relayed that the next meeting would be held                                                                     
the following day at 4pm.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
HB 65 was HEARD and HELD in committee for further                                                                               
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
HB 66 was HEARD and HELD in committee for further                                                                               
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
4:19:58 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
The meeting was adjourned at 4:20 p.m.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                

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