Legislature(2015 - 2016)SENATE FINANCE 532

04/23/2015 01:00 PM CONFERENCE COMMITTEE ON HB72 AND HB73


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HB 72 APPROP: OPERATING BUDGET/LOANS/FUNDS
Heard & Held
HB 73 APPROP: MENTAL HEALTH BUDGET
Heard & Held
               29TH ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                    
                       FIRST SESSION                                                                                            
           CONFERENCE COMMITTEE ON HB72 and HB73                                                                                
                      April 23, 2015                                                                                            
                         1:04 p.m.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
1:04:01 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CALL TO ORDER                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Chair Neuman called the Conference Committee meeting on                                                                         
HB72 and HB73 to order at 1:04 p.m.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT:                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
House:                                                                                                                          
Representative Mark Neuman, Chair                                                                                               
Representative Steve Thompson                                                                                                   
Representative Les Gara                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Senate:                                                                                                                         
Senator Pete Kelly, Vice-Chair                                                                                                  
Senator Anna MacKinnon                                                                                                          
Senator Donny Olson                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
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 72     APPROP: OPERATING BUDGET/LOANS/FUNDS                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
          HB 72 was HEARD and HELD in committee for further                                                                     
          consideration.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
HB 73     APPROP: MENTAL HEALTH BUDGET                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
          HB 73 was HEARD and HELD in committee for further                                                                     
          consideration.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 72(FIN)                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     "An  Act making  appropriations for  the operating  and                                                                    
     loan  program  expenses  of state  government  and  for                                                                    
     certain programs and  capitalizing funds; and providing                                                                    
     for an effective date."                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATE CS FOR CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 72(FIN) am S                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     "An  Act making  appropriations for  the operating  and                                                                    
     loan  program  expenses  of state  government  and  for                                                                    
     certain  programs  and   capitalizing  funds;  amending                                                                    
     appropriations; and providing for an effective date."                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
and                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 73(FIN)                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     "An  Act making  appropriations for  the operating  and                                                                    
     capital    expenses   of    the   state's    integrated                                                                    
     comprehensive mental health  program; and providing for                                                                    
     an effective date."                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SENATE CS FOR CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 73(FIN)                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     "An  Act making  appropriations for  the operating  and                                                                    
     capital    expenses   of    the   state's    integrated                                                                    
     comprehensive mental health  program; and providing for                                                                    
     an effective date."                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:04:28 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DEPARTMENTS                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
    DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND PUBLIC FACILITIES                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Chair  Neuman  communicated  that the  conference  committee                                                                    
would be  meeting on HB  72 and HB  73 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 23, 2015.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND PUBLIC FACILITIES                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Kelly  MOVED to REOPEN  Items 33, 38, 39,  and 48                                                                    
in the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
There  being NO  OBJECTION, Items  33, 38,  39, and  48 were                                                                    
back before the Committee.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Kelly  MOVED to RESCIND  its action  adopting the                                                                    
House on Items 33, 38, 39, and 48.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:05:07 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Representative Gara  OBJECTED. He was encouraged  that items                                                                    
were opened for discussion. He  stated that the minority was                                                                    
in favor of the prior version.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Representative Gara WITHDREW his OBJECTION.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
There  being NO  OBJECTION, it  was so  ordered. The  action                                                                    
left  open Items  33,  38,  39, and  48  in  the budget  for                                                                    
Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
1:05:47 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
STATEWIDE SALARY ADJUSTMENT DECREMENTS                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair  Kelly  MOVED  to  ADOPT  the  following  in  the                                                                    
Statewide Salary Adjustment Decrements budget:                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
     Item 1    Senate plus $366.0 thousand General Fund,                                                                        
               fund code 1004                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
1:06:10 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Representative Gara  OBJECTED. He  reasoned that  that there                                                                    
had   already  been   debate   regarding  non-union   salary                                                                    
increases that  no longer appeared  in the  legislation. The                                                                    
minority did  not agree with  defunding the  labor contracts                                                                    
that  had  already been  negotiated  with  the unions.    He                                                                    
suggested that  the arguments  back and  forth on  the issue                                                                    
were  already known.  He stated  that he  did not  intend to                                                                    
argue the point but disagreed with the proposed decrement.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Representative Gara MAINTAINED his OBJECTION.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Kelly clarified that a "yes" vote meant the                                                                            
committee adopted the motion. Co-Chair Neuman concurred.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
A roll call vote was taken on the motion.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
IN FAVOR: Senator   MacKinnon,    Representative   Thompson,                                                                    
Senator Kelly, Representative Neuman                                                                                            
OPPOSED: Representative Gara, Senator Olson                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
The MOTION PASSED (House: 2/1; Senate: 2/1).                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
The action closed all conferencable items in the budget for                                                                     
the Statewide Salary Adjustment Decrements 04/23/15.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
HB 72 was HEARD and HELD in committee for further                                                                               
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
HB 73 was HEARD and HELD in committee for further                                                                               
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
1:07:55 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
The meeting was adjourned at 1:07 p.m.                                                                                          

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