Legislature(2013 - 2014)SENATE FINANCE 532

04/11/2013 04:00 PM CONFERENCE COMMITTEE ON HB 65 AND HB 66


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04:52:34 PM Start
05:10:55 PM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
-- Delayed to 4:20 p.m. Today --
= HB 65 APPROP: OPERATING BUDGET/LOANS/FUNDS
= HB 66 APPROP: MENTAL HEALTH BUDGET
- Dept. of Education & Early Development
- Dept. of Fish & Game
- Dept. of Health & Social Services
- Dept. of Military & Veterans' Affairs
- Dept. of Public Safety
               28TH ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                    
                       FIRST SESSION                                                                                            
          CONFERENCE COMMITTEE ON HB 65 and HB 66                                                                               
                      April 11, 2013                                                                                            
                         4:52 p.m.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
4:52:34 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CALL TO ORDER                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Chair Austerman called the Conference Committee meeting on                                                                      
HB 65 and HB 66 to order at 4:52 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                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     Education and Early Development                                                                                            
     Fish and Game                                                                                                              
     Health and Social Services                                                                                                 
     Military and Veterans' Affairs                                                                                             
     Public Safety                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
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 11,  2013. He                                                                    
relayed  that the  conference  committee  would not  address                                                                    
open  items  from  the   following  departments  during  the                                                                    
current meeting:                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
4:53:45 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION and EARLY DEVELOPMENT                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Kelly  MOVED to ADOPT the  Chair's recommendation                                                                    
on the following  items for the Department  of Education and                                                                    
Early Development budget:                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
          Item 1    Senate                                                                                                      
          Item 2    Senate                                                                                                      
          Item 3    House                                                                                                       
          Item 4    House                                                                                                       
          Item 5    Senate                                                                                                      
          Item 6    Senate minus $4.062 million                                                                                 
                    and add a new allocation for the Alaska                                                                     
                    Learning Network with $1.1 million                                                                          
                    General Funds                                                                                               
          Item 7    House                                                                                                       
          Item 8    House                                                                                                       
          Item 9    Senate                                                                                                      
          Item 10  Senate                                                                                                       
          Item 11  House                                                                                                        
          Item 12   House                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
There  being NO  OBJECTION, it  was so  ordered. The  action                                                                    
closed  all  conferencable  items  in  the  budget  for  the                                                                    
Department of Education and Early Development.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
4:55:05 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DEPARTMENT OF FISH and GAME                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Kelly  MOVED to ADOPT the  Chair's recommendation                                                                    
on the following  items for the Department of  Fish and Game                                                                    
budget:                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
          Item 1    Senate                                                                                                      
                    and change "Senate Finance Committee"                                                                       
                    to "Finance Committees"                                                                                     
          Item 3    Senate                                                                                                      
          Item 4    Senate                                                                                                      
          Item 5    Senate                                                                                                      
          Item 6    Senate                                                                                                      
          Item 7    Senate                                                                                                      
          Item 8    Senate                                                                                                      
          Item 9    House                                                                                                       
          Item 10  Senate as a Temporary Increment (IncT)                                                                       
                   for FY14 through FY16                                                                                        
          Item 11  Senate                                                                                                       
          Item 12   House                                                                                                       
          Item 13   House                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
4:56:25 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Representative Stoltze thanked the committee for inserting                                                                      
the intent language. He specifically thanked the Department                                                                     
of Fish and Game.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Representative Stoltze WITHDREW his OBJECTION.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Item 2 remained OPEN.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
4:57:42 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH and SOCIAL SERVICES                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Kelly MOVED to ADOPT the Chair's recommendation                                                                      
on the following items for the Department of Health and                                                                         
Social Services budget:                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
          Item 1    Senate                                                                                                      
          Item 2    Senate                                                                                                      
                    and change "report to the legislature"                                                                      
                    to "report to the Legislative Finance                                                                       
                    Division"                                                                                                   
          Item 3    House                                                                                                       
                    and change from Conditional Language to                                                                     
                    Legislative Intent                                                                                          
          Item 4    House                                                                                                       
          Item 5    Senate                                                                                                      
          Item 6    Senate                                                                                                      
          Item 7    House                                                                                                       
          Item 8    House                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Senator Meyer asked to leave item 9 OPEN. There being NO                                                                        
OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
          Item 10  House                                                                                                        
          Item 11  Senate                                                                                                       
                    and change fund source from General                                                                         
                    Funds to GF Mental Health                                                                                   
          Item 12   House                                                                                                       
          Item 13   House plus $6,368.8                                                                                         
          Item 14   Senate                                                                                                      
          Item 15   House                                                                                                       
          Item 16   Senate                                                                                                      
          Item 17   Senate                                                                                                      
          Item 18   House                                                                                                       
          Item 19   House                                                                                                       
          Item 21   House                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
5:00:20 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator Meyer asked that Item 22 be left OPEN. There being                                                                      
NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
          Item 23   House                                                                                                       
          Item 24   Senate                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Senator Meyer asked that Item 25 be left OPEN. There being                                                                      
NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
          Item 26  House                                                                                                        
          Item 27   Senate                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Senator Meyer asked that Item 28 be left OPEN. There being                                                                      
NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
          Item 29   Senate                                                                                                      
          Item 30   Senate                                                                                                      
          Item 31   Senate                                                                                                      
          Item 32  On line #1, House minus $1,409.1                                                                             
                    On line #2, House                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Senator Meyer asked that Item 33 be left OPEN. There being                                                                      
NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
          Item 34   Senate                                                                                                      
          Item 35   House                                                                                                       
          Item 36   Senate                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Items 9, 20, 22, 25, 28, and 33 remained OPEN.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
5:02:49 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Representative Gara  addressed Item 13. He  appreciated that                                                                    
the  behavioral  health  funding  was  maintained  near  the                                                                    
governor's original budget proposal.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
5:03:33 PM                                                                                                                    
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
5:06:53 PM                                                                                                                    
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
5:06:57 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DEPARTMENT OF MILITARY and VETERANS AFFAIRS                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Kelly  MOVED to ADOPT the  Chair's recommendation                                                                    
on the  following items for  the Department of  Military and                                                                    
Veterans Affairs budget:                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
          Item 1    House                                                                                                       
          Item 2    House                                                                                                       
                    and change the date to March 1, 2014                                                                        
                    and change the dollar amount to $2                                                                          
                    million                                                                                                     
          Item 3    Senate                                                                                                      
          Item 4    Senate minus $81,300                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
There  being NO  OBJECTION, it  was so  ordered. The  action                                                                    
closed  all  conferencable  items  in  the  budget  for  the                                                                    
Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
5:07:39 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Kelly  MOVED to ADOPT the  Chair's recommendation                                                                    
on the following  items for the Department  of Public Safety                                                                    
budget:                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
          Item 1    Senate                                                                                                      
          Item 2    House                                                                                                       
          Item 3    House                                                                                                       
          Item 4    Senate                                                                                                      
          Item 5    House                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Kelly asked that Item 6 remain open.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
          Item 7    House                                                                                                       
          Item 8    House minus $585,100                                                                                        
                   and minus 2 positions                                                                                        
          Item 9    House                                                                                                       
          Item 10  House                                                                                                        
          Item 11  Senate                                                                                                       
          Item 12   Senate                                                                                                      
          Item 13   Senate                                                                                                      
          Item 14   House                                                                                                       
          Item 15   House                                                                                                       
          Item 16   House                                                                                                       
          Item 17   House                                                                                                       
          Item 18   House                                                                                                       
          Item 19   House                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     Added  new  language:    "It   is  the  intent  of  the                                                                    
     legislature  that  the  Department  of  Public  Safety,                                                                    
     Alaska  State Troopers,  allocate funding  for training                                                                    
     and  investigation of  sex  trafficking  in the  fiscal                                                                    
     year ending June 30, 2014."                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Senator Hoffman  OBJECTED for discussion. He  felt that Item                                                                    
6 was an important program  that was specific to the Village                                                                    
Public Safety  Officers (VPSO). He  remarked the  Hooper Bay                                                                    
was a  large community of  approximately 1000 people,  so he                                                                    
wanted to  be sure  that the community  had the  proper VPSO                                                                    
coverage. He  shared that he  planned to examine  the budget                                                                    
further.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Senator Hoffman WITHDREW his OBJECTION.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Item 6 remained OPEN.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Chair Austerman relayed that the  next meeting would be held                                                                    
on following day.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
HB  65  was   HEARD  and  HELD  in   committee  for  further                                                                    
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
HB 66 was HEARD and HELD in committee for further                                                                               
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
5:10:55 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
The meeting was adjourned at 5:10 p.m.                                                                                          

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