Legislature(2011 - 2012)CAPITOL 120

04/08/2011 05:00 PM RULES


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+ HB 121 LOAN FUNDS:CHARTERS/MARICULTURE/MICROLOAN TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHB 121(RLS) Out of Committee
+ HB 146 LAND TRANSFER FROM STATE AND ALASKA RR TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHB 146(RES) Out of Committee
*+ HCR 12 TASK FORCE ON FISCAL FUTURE OF ALASKA TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHCR 12(RLS) Out of Committee
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
                 HOUSE RULES STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                               
                         April 8, 2011                                                                                          
                           5:22 p.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Representative Craig Johnson, Chair                                                                                             
Representative Kurt Olson, Vice Chair                                                                                           
Representative Mike Chenault                                                                                                    
Representative Alan Austerman                                                                                                   
Representative Carl Gatto                                                                                                       
Representative Max Gruenberg                                                                                                    
Representative Chris Tuck                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
All members present                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 12                                                                                              
Creating  the Task  Force  on the  Fiscal Future  of  Alaska as  a                                                              
joint legislative task force and relating to the task force.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED CSHCR 12(RLS) OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 121                                                                                                              
"An Act  establishing the  commercial charter fisheries  revolving                                                              
loan fund,  the mariculture  revolving loan  fund, and  the Alaska                                                              
microloan  revolving loan  fund and  relating to  those funds  and                                                              
loans from those funds; and providing for an effective date."                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED CSHB 121(RLS) OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 146                                                                                                              
"An  Act  authorizing the  transfer  of  land  from the  State  of                                                              
Alaska  and the  Alaska Railroad  Corporation  to property  owners                                                              
along  the  Eielson Spur  Line;  and  providing for  an  effective                                                              
date."                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED CSHB 146(RES) OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HCR 12                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: TASK FORCE ON FISCAL FUTURE OF ALASKA                                                                              
SPONSOR(s): REPRESENTATIVE(s) AUSTERMAN                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
04/06/11       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
04/06/11       (H)       RLS                                                                                                    
04/08/11       (H)       RLS AT 5:00 PM CAPITOL 120                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HB 121                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: LOAN FUNDS:CHARTERS/MARICULTURE/MICROLOAN                                                                          
SPONSOR(s): RULES BY REQUEST OF THE GOVERNOR                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
01/24/11       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
01/24/11       (H)       FSH, RES, FIN                                                                                          
02/08/11       (H)       FSH AT 5:00 PM CAPITOL 120                                                                             
02/08/11       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
02/08/11       (H)       MINUTE(FSH)                                                                                            
02/22/11       (H)       FSH AT 5:00 PM CAPITOL 120                                                                             
02/22/11       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
02/22/11       (H)       MINUTE(FSH)                                                                                            
02/24/11       (H)       FSH AT 5:00 PM CAPITOL 120                                                                             
02/24/11       (H)       Moved CSHB 121(FSH) Out of Committee                                                                   
02/24/11       (H)       MINUTE(FSH)                                                                                            
02/25/11       (H)       FSH RPT CS(FSH) NT 4DP 1NR                                                                             
02/25/11       (H)       DP: MILLER, PRUITT, AUSTERMAN, THOMPSON                                                                
02/25/11       (H)       NR: JOHNSON                                                                                            
03/16/11       (H)       RES AT 1:00 PM BARNES 124                                                                              
03/16/11       (H)       Moved CSHB 121(FSH) Out of Committee                                                                   
03/16/11       (H)       MINUTE(RES)                                                                                            
03/18/11       (H)       RES RPT CS(FSH) NT 7DP                                                                                 
03/18/11       (H)       DP: GARDNER, MUNOZ, P.WILSON, HERRON,                                                                  
                         KAWASAKI, FEIGE, SEATON                                                                                
03/30/11       (H)       FIN AT 1:30 PM HOUSE FINANCE 519                                                                       
03/30/11       (H)       Scheduled But Not Heard                                                                                
04/04/11       (H)       FIN AT 1:30 PM HOUSE FINANCE 519                                                                       
04/04/11       (H)       Moved CSHB 121(FIN) Out of Committee                                                                   
04/04/11       (H)       MINUTE(FIN)                                                                                            
04/05/11       (H)       FIN RPT CS(FIN) 6DP 3NR 1AM                                                                            
04/05/11       (H)       DP:   FAIRCLOUGH,    GUTTENBERG,   JOULE,                                                              
                         COSTELLO, STOLTZE, THOMAS                                                                              
04/05/11       (H)       NR: T.WILSON, HAWKER, DOOGAN                                                                           
04/05/11       (H)       AM: GARA                                                                                               
04/08/11       (H)       RLS AT 5:00 PM CAPITOL 120                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HB 146                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: LAND TRANSFER FROM  STATE AND ALASKA RR                                                                            
SPONSOR(s): T.WILSON                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
02/09/11       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
02/09/11       (H)       RES, FIN                                                                                               
03/21/11       (H)       RES AT 1:00 PM BARNES 124                                                                              
03/21/11       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
03/21/11       (H)       MINUTE(RES)                                                                                            
03/28/11       (H)       RES AT 1:00 PM BARNES 124                                                                              
03/28/11       (H)       Moved CSHB 146(RES) Out of Committee                                                                   
03/28/11       (H)       MINUTE(RES)                                                                                            
03/29/11       (H)       RES RPT CS(RES) 8DP                                                                                    
03/29/11       (H)       DP: GARDNER, FOSTER, MUNOZ, P.WILSON,                                                                  
                         HERRON, DICK, FEIGE, SEATON                                                                            
04/06/11       (H)       FIN AT 1:30 PM HOUSE FINANCE 519                                                                       
04/06/11       (H)       Moved CSHB 146(FIN) Out of Committee                                                                   
04/06/11       (H)       MINUTE(FIN)                                                                                            
04/07/11       (H)       FIN RPT CS(FIN) NT 10DP 1AM                                                                            
04/07/11       (H)       DP:    FAIRCLOUGH,   GUTTENBERG,    GARA,                                                              
                         JOULE,    HAWKER,    COSTELLO,    EDGMON,                                                              
                         DOOGAN,                                                                                                
04/07/11       (H)       STOLTZE, THOMAS                                                                                        
04/07/11       (H)       AM: T.WILSON                                                                                           
04/08/11       (H)       RLS AT 5:00 PM CAPITOL 120                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
ERIN HARRINGTON, Staff                                                                                                          
Representative Austerman                                                                                                        
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  On behalf of the sponsor, explained the                                                                  
need to amend HCR 12.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
CURTIS THAYER, Deputy Commissioner                                                                                              
Office of the Commissioner                                                                                                      
Department of Commerce, Community & Economic Development (DCCED)                                                                
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Discussed possible changes to HB 121.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TAMMIE WILSON                                                                                                    
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Spoke as the sponsor of HB 146.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
5:22:39 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  CRAIG JOHNSON  called the  House  Rules Standing  Committee                                                            
meeting   to  order   at  5:22   p.m.  Representatives   Chenault,                                                              
Austerman,  Gatto,  Olson,  Gruenberg,   Tuck,  and  Johnson  were                                                              
present at the call to order.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
          HCR 12-TASK FORCE ON FISCAL FUTURE OF ALASKA                                                                      
                                                                                                                              
5:22:49 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR JOHNSON  announced that  the first  order of business  would                                                              
be HOUSE  CONCURRENT RESOLUTION  NO. 12,  Creating the  Task Force                                                              
on the Fiscal Future  of Alaska as a joint legislative  task force                                                              
and relating to the task force.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
5:23:03 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ERIN  HARRINGTON, Staff,  Representative  Austerman, Alaska  State                                                              
Legislature,  noted that  the committee packet  should include  an                                                              
amendment, which is  in response to an error in  the drafting that                                                              
was brought  to the  sponsor's attention  after being  referred to                                                              
the House  Rules Standing  Committee.    On  page 2, lines  22-23,                                                              
the language  references the "office  of management and  budget in                                                              
the  Department  of  Administration".    However,  the  Office  of                                                              
Management and  Budget is  housed in the  Office of  the Governor.                                                              
Therefore,  the amendment  in the committee  packet would  correct                                                              
that technical drafting error.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
5:23:43 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE OLSON  moved that the committee adopt  Amendment 1,                                                              
labeled 27-LS0783\M.1, Wayne, 4/7/11, which read:                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     Page 2, lines 22 - 23:                                                                                                     
          Delete "Department of Administration"                                                                                 
          Insert "Office of the Governor"                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
There being no objection, Amendment 1 was adopted.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
5:24:18 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE   AUSTERMAN   moved   that  the   committee   adopt                                                              
Conceptual   Amendment  2,   as   follows  [original   punctuation                                                              
provided]:                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
      Page 2, Line 18:  After "senate" insert "one of whom                                                                      
     shall be co-chair"                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
     Page 2, Line 20:  After "representatives" insert "one                                                                      
     of whom shall be co-chair"                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR JOHNSON objected for discussion purposes.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
5:24:57 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  AUSTERMAN   explained  that  nothing   in  HCR  12                                                              
specifies  who would  be the  chair  of the  proposed task  force.                                                              
Therefore,  Conceptual Amendment  2 would  address that such  that                                                              
one  of  the members  appointed  by  the  Senate  and one  of  the                                                              
members appointed  by the House  would each  be a co-chair  of the                                                              
task force.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
5:25:27 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR JOHNSON withdrew his objection.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
There  being no  further  objection,  Conceptual  Amendment 2  was                                                              
adopted.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
5:25:43 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR JOHNSON,  upon determining  no one  else wished  to testify,                                                              
closed public testimony.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
5:25:53 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE OLSON  moved to report  HCR 12, as amended,  out of                                                              
committee  with individual  recommendations  and the  accompanying                                                              
fiscal  notes.    There being  no  objection,  CSHCR  12(RLS)  was                                                              
reported out of committee.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                              
        HB 121-LOAN FUNDS:CHARTERS/MARICULTURE/MICROLOAN                                                                    
                                                                                                                              
5:26:37 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR JOHNSON announced  that the next order of  business would be                                                              
HOUSE BILL  NO. 121, "An Act  establishing the commercial  charter                                                              
fisheries  revolving loan  fund,  the mariculture  revolving  loan                                                              
fund, and  the Alaska microloan  revolving loan fund  and relating                                                              
to those  funds and loans from  those funds; and providing  for an                                                              
effective date."  [Before the committee is CSHB 121(FIN).]                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
5:26:48 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CURTIS THAYER,  Deputy Commissioner,  Office of the  Commissioner,                                                              
Department   of  Commerce,   Community   &  Economic   Development                                                              
(DCCED),  explained that  the committee packet  should include  an                                                              
amendment  that  would  cleanup  CSHB 121(FIN).    The  amendment,                                                              
labeled 27-GH1728\X.2, Kane, 4/8/11, read:                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     Page 4, line 8, following "commissioner":                                                                                  
          Insert ", which may include other collateral in                                                                       
     addition to a charter halibut permit"                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MR.  THAYER  further  explained  that  the  assumption  with  this                                                              
revolving loan  program is that  the charter halibut  permit would                                                              
be  used  as collateral.    However,  after  the passage  of  CSHB                                                              
121(FIN)  from  the  House Finance  Committee  some  charter  boat                                                              
skippers  have  sued DCCED  regarding  the  permit system.    This                                                              
amendment  would  allow  the  program to  go  forward  and  allows                                                              
something   other  than  the   charter  permit   to  be   used  as                                                              
collateral, whether  it is the  boat, property, or  something else                                                              
from the borrower.  He noted that this would protect the state.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
5:28:04 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  GATTO  asked if  one  could use  his/her  personal                                                              
residence as collateral.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MR. THAYER replied yes.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR JOHNSON offered  that the purpose of this  amendment is that                                                              
with the encumberment  of the permits through  litigation, [DCCED]                                                              
would  potentially  be offering  non  collateralized  loans.   The                                                              
desire  was to specify  that other  forms of  collateral could  be                                                              
used.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
5:28:26 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  GRUENBERG  asked   if  the  current  language  and                                                              
proposed  amendment require  that  the charter  halibut permit  be                                                              
part of the collateral used.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. THAYER replied no.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  GRUENBERG suggested then  that the language  needs                                                              
to be  changed because  [the adoption  of the proposed  amendment]                                                              
would mean  that the charter  halibut permit  must be part  of the                                                              
collateral.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  JOHNSON   related  his  understanding  that   the  proposed                                                              
amendment means that  the charter halibut permit would  have to be                                                              
used as collateral.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
5:30:10 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE   GRUENBERG   offered    Conceptual   Amendment   1                                                              
inserting  language  "it  may  include  the permit  and  or  other                                                              
collateral".                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
5:30:40 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  CHENAULT asked  if currently  the charter  halibut                                                              
permit is used as collateral.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MR.  THAYER  replied yes,  that  was  the  intention of  the  loan                                                              
program.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE CHENAULT  inquired then  why the language  would be                                                              
added  as it's  duplicative.   He related  his understanding  that                                                              
DCCED wants  to add language  relating "other collateral  that may                                                              
be associated with that loan and not the permit".                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  GRUENBERG  opined that  the  language  on page  4,                                                              
line 8,  is generic and  can include the  permit or  another else.                                                              
He  further opined  that the  proposed amendment  would muddy  the                                                              
water.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR. THAYER  related that he had  worked out the language  with the                                                              
co-chairs of  the House Finance  Committee who expressed  the need                                                              
to tighten the language.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  GRUENBERG  related  his understanding  that  DCCED                                                              
wants  to  be  able  to  use  the  permit  and/or  anything  else.                                                              
Therefore,  the  language doesn't  need  to  be tight  and  should                                                              
remain as written.   He, therefore, withdrew  Conceptual Amendment                                                              
1.                                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
5:33:03 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR.  THAYER specified  that  with the  amendment  labeled X.2,  he                                                              
wanted to be clear that additional collateral is allowed.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
5:33:21 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE   OLSON  suggested   ending   the  sentence   after                                                              
"collateral" [on page 4, line 7].                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE GRUENBERG  opined that he wouldn't  delete the last                                                              
phrase because  it's extremely  important  that the collateral  be                                                              
acceptable  to   the  commissioner,  which  he   characterized  as                                                              
quality control.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
5:34:01 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  JOHNSON inquired  as  to  whether inserting  the  following                                                              
language would  be acceptable:   "which include other  collateral,                                                              
which may include a charter halibut permit".                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE GRUENBERG said he is agreeable to that.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
5:34:45 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE   AUSTERMAN  related   his   belief  the   existing                                                              
language implies  that the permit  would be used as  collateral on                                                              
[subparagraph] (4).   Nowhere in the bill is it  explicit that the                                                              
permit would be  used as collateral, other than  the amendment, he                                                              
said.  He asked if that's correct.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MR. THAYER replied yes.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
5:35:15 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  JOHNSON clarified  that his  suggestion was  to insert  the                                                              
language "which  may include".   Therefore, once the  lawsuits are                                                              
settled and  clear ownership  is provided,  then permits  could be                                                              
collateralized.  He asked if that cleans up the language.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MR. THAYER replied yes.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
5:35:46 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TUCK  surmised then  that an individual  "may" want                                                              
to  use  a  charter  halibut permit,  but  it  isn't  required  in                                                              
addition to other collateral.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MR. THAYER answered yes.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
5:36:12 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR   JOHNSON  moved   that  the   committee  adopt   Conceptual                                                              
Amendment 2, to insert the following language:                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
      "which include other collateral which may include a                                                                       
     charter halibut permit"                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
There being no objection, Conceptual Amendment 2 was adopted.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
5:36:52 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR JOHNSON,  upon determining  no one  else wished  to testify,                                                              
closed public testimony.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
5:37:14 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE OLSON  moved to report  HB 121, as amended,  out of                                                              
committee  with individual  recommendations  and the  accompanying                                                              
fiscal  notes.    There being  no  objection,  CSHB  121(RLS)  was                                                              
reported from the House Rules Standing Committee.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
         HB 146-LAND TRANSFER FROM STATE AND ALASKA RR                                                                      
                                                                                                                              
5:37:36 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR JOHNSON  announced that  the final  order of business  would                                                              
be HOUSE  BILL NO. 146, "An  Act authorizing the transfer  of land                                                              
from the  State of Alaska and  the Alaska Railroad  Corporation to                                                              
property owners  along the  Eielson Spur  Line; and providing  for                                                              
an effective date."  [Before the committee is CSHB 146(FIN).]                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
5:37:39 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  CHENAULT  moved  to  adopt CSHB  146(RES)  as  the                                                              
working document.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR JOHNSON objected for discussion purposes.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
5:37:58 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  TAMMIE WILSON,  Alaska  State Legislature,  stated                                                              
that HB  146 was carefully crafted  and vetted over  several years                                                              
to  restore a  property right  to  land owners  along the  Eielson                                                              
Spur.  This  is a unique situation  that's only applicable  to the                                                              
Eielson Spur.   Simply  put, HB 146  merely returns  the right-of-                                                              
way  to the  adjacent  landowners  if the  track  and  any of  the                                                              
subsurface cables  are removed, which was available  to landowners                                                              
until the Alaska  Railroad Transfer Act was amended  in 2003.  The                                                              
CSHB  146(RES)  has  a  much  tighter  title  than  that  of  CSHB                                                              
146(FIN).   She noted, however,  that the substantive part  of the                                                              
legislation is the  same in both versions.  She  expressed concern                                                              
that [CSHB  146(FIN)]  would be  open to other  situations  in the                                                              
state rather than just the unique situation in Eielson Spur.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
5:39:15 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  GATTO  asked, "What  happens  if,  in the  Finance                                                              
version,  that  changes the  ability  to  transfer land  from  the                                                              
railroad to the homesteaders?"                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  T. WILSON explained  that her  concern is  that it                                                              
would  allow that  change,  but  it would  be  more concerning  if                                                              
others  would  use  this  as  a  mechanism  to  obtain  land  that                                                              
currently belongs to the railroad.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
5:40:05 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR JOHNSON withdrew his objection.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
There being  no further  objection, CSHB  146(RES) was  before the                                                              
committee.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
5:40:24 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR JOHNSON,  upon determining  no one  else wished  to testify,                                                              
closed public testimony.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
5:40:34 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  CHENAULT  moved to  report  CSHB  146(RES) out  of                                                              
committee  with individual  recommendations  and the  accompanying                                                              
fiscal notes.  There being no objection, it was so ordered.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
5:41:17 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
There being  no further business  before the committee,  the House                                                              
Rules Standing Committee meeting was adjourned at 5:41 p.m.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                

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