Legislature(2007 - 2008)

04/09/2008 04:21 PM HB310


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               25th ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                    
                        2nd SESSION                                                                                             
         CONFERENCE COMMITTEE ON HB 310 and HB 312                                                                              
                       April 9, 2008                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CALL TO ORDER                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Senator Hoffman called the Conference Committee meeting on                                                                      
HB 310 and HB 312 to order at 4:21:10 PM                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT:                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Senate:                                                                                                                         
     Senator Lyman Hoffman                                                                                                      
     Senator Bert Stedman, Member                                                                                               
     Senator Fred Dyson, Member                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
House:                                                                                                                          
     Representative Mike Chenault,                                                                                              
     Representative Kevin Meyer, Member                                                                                         
     Representative Reggie Joule, Member                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
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                                                                                                                       
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 310(FIN) am                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
    "An Act making appropriations for the operating and                                                                         
     loan program expenses of state government, for certain                                                                     
     programs, and to capitalize funds; making                                                                                  
     appropriations under art. IX, sec. 17(c), Constitution                                                                     
     of the State of Alaska; and providing for an effective                                                                     
     date."                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 312(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."                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
And                                                                                                                             
SENATE CS FOR CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 310(FIN) am S(brf sup                                                                     
maj fld S)                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     "An  Act making  appropriations  for  the operating  and                                                                   
     loan program  expenses of state government,  for certain                                                                   
     programs, and to capitalize  funds; and providing for an                                                                   
     effective date."                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SENATE CS FOR CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 312(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."                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     HB 310 and HB 312 were heard and HELD in Committee.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair   Chenault    MOVED   to   ADOPT    the   chairman's                                                                   
recommendation  on   item  5  for  Department   of  Commerce,                                                                   
Community   and   Economic  Development.   There   being   NO                                                                   
OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair   Chenault    MOVED   to   ADOPT    the   chairman's                                                                   
recommendation on  items, 5, 9, 35, 36 and  41 for Department                                                                   
of Corrections. There being NO  OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair   Chenault    MOVED   to   ADOPT    the   chairman's                                                                   
recommendation  on items,  1,  and 5  for  the Department  of                                                                   
Education and Early Development. Senator Dyson OBJECTED.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Senator Dyson spoke in support  of the House version and felt                                                                   
that the Senate version of item 1 was too high.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
4:24:53 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator Dyson MOVED to amend the  motion to leave item 1 DEED                                                                   
open. There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
4:25:37 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair   Chenault    MOVED   to   ADOPT    the   chairman's                                                                   
recommendation   on   item   6,   for   the   Department   of                                                                   
Environmental Conservation. There  being NO OBJECTION, it was                                                                   
so ordered.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair   Chenault    MOVED   to   ADOPT    the   chairman's                                                                   
recommendation  on items 1, 2,  3, 4, 7,  10, 12, 13  for the                                                                   
Department  of Fish and  Game. There  being NO OBJECTION,  it                                                                   
was so ordered.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
4:26:39 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair   Chenault    MOVED   to   ADOPT    the   chairman's                                                                   
recommendation on items 1, 3 for  the Office of the Governor.                                                                   
There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair   Chenault    MOVED   to   ADOPT    the   chairman's                                                                   
recommendation on items:  5, 11, 12, 14, 16, 17,  18, 26, and                                                                   
36.                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Dyson MOVED  to AMEND  the motion  to leave item  36                                                                   
open. There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
4:28:18 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair   Chenault    MOVED   to   ADOPT    the   chairman's                                                                   
recommendation  on items: 2,  and 3  for Department  of Labor                                                                   
and Workforce  Development. There being NO OBJECTION,  it was                                                                   
so ordered.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair   Chenault    MOVED   to   ADOPT    the   chairman's                                                                   
recommendation on  items: 4, 6,  and 8 for the  Department of                                                                   
Law. There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
4:29:11 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair   Chenault    MOVED   to   ADOPT    the   chairman's                                                                   
recommendation on  item 13. There being NO  OBJECTION, it was                                                                   
so ordered.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair   Chenault    MOVED   to   ADOPT    the   chairman's                                                                   
recommendation  on items:  2, 5,  10, 14,  15 -  18, and  24.                                                                   
There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
4:30:04 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair   Chenault    MOVED   to   ADOPT    the   chairman's                                                                   
recommendation on  items: 4, 5,  6, and 7 for  the Department                                                                   
of Revenue. There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair   Chenault    MOVED   to   ADOPT    the   chairman's                                                                   
recommendation on items:  1, 11, 13, 14, 15, 17,  19, 21, and                                                                   
23   for  the   Department   of  Transportation   and   Pubic                                                                   
Facilities. There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
4:30:59 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair   Chenault    MOVED   to   ADOPT    the   chairman's                                                                   
recommendation  on items:  4, 5,  and 6  for the  University.                                                                   
There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair   Chenault    MOVED   to   ADOPT    the   chairman's                                                                   
recommendation  on items:  4,  7, 8,  and 12  for the  Alaska                                                                   
Court System. There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
4:31:54 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Meyer  MOVED to ADOPT  the House numbers for  item 3                                                                   
in DEED. Senator Dyson OBJECTED.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
4:35:22 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Item DEED 3 and 4 were held open.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Representative Joule  spoke to Item  9 DEED in  opposition to                                                                   
the House  numbers,  which would  require a  one to one  Head                                                                   
Start  match. He  stressed the  difficulty  of acquiring  the                                                                   
match with rising fuel costs and other issues.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Meyer observed  that the Senate did  not have intent                                                                   
language. The intent  of the House is to  require communities                                                                   
to get involved  and to contribute. He suggested  that Native                                                                   
entities  and others  could contribute  in  rural areas,  but                                                                   
acknowledged the difficulty. He stated that                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair   Chenault    MOVED   to   ADOPT    the   chairman's                                                                   
recommendation on  item 9 DEED. There being  NO OBJECTION, it                                                                   
was so ordered.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
4:39:12 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair   Chenault    MOVED   to   ADOPT    the   chairman's                                                                   
recommendation  on item  5 DEC.  Senator  Dyson WITHDREW  his                                                                   
OBJECTION. There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair   Chenault    MOVED   to   ADOPT    the   chairman's                                                                   
recommendation  on item  9 LAW.  Senator  Dyson OBJECTED.  He                                                                   
observed  that  $8  million would  be  spent  hiring  outside                                                                   
counsel.  He  MOVED  to  ADOPT  the  Senate  number  of  $6.1                                                                   
million.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Hoffman  pointed out  that the appropriation  is for                                                                   
multiple years and felt that the  there were sufficient funds                                                                   
to cover the initial year.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Senator Dyson spoke in support of his motion.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
A roll call vote was taken on the motion.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
IN FAVOR: Dyson                                                                                                                 
OPPOSED: Joule, Meyer, Stedman, Chenault, Hoffman                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
The MOTION FAILED:  House 1 Yea, 2 Nay                                                                                          
                    Senate 3 Yea                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
4:47:15 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Chenault  MOVED to  Reopen  DOC  #4 and  ADOPT  the                                                                   
Senate numbers. WITHDREW his                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Chenault MOVED  to Reopen  DOC #4.  There being  NO                                                                   
OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Chenault  MOVED to  ADOPT the Senate  recommendation                                                                   
on item DOC 4. There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
4:50:09 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Chenault  MOVED to  Reopen DNR  #11. There  being NO                                                                   
OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Chenault  MOVED to the House on #11.  There being NO                                                                   
OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Chenault  MOVED to  REOPEN #16  DOT. There  being NO                                                                   
OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Chenault  MOVED to ADOPT  the Senate numbers  on #16                                                                   
DOT. There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
4:51:30 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Chenault  MOVED to REOPEN COURTS #6.  There being NO                                                                   
OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Chenault MOVED to ADOPT House #6.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
5:00:34 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Hoffman noted that DEED 1 would be held open.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair   Chenault    MOVED   to   ADOPT    the   chairman's                                                                   
recommendation  on item 36 DHSS.  Senator Dyson  OBJECTED. He                                                                   
noted  that  a  supplemental would  be  needed  without  full                                                                   
funding.   He  WITHDREW   his  OBJECTION.   There  being   NO                                                                   
OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
5:03:24 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Language                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
David Teal, Director, Legislative  Finance Division discussed                                                                   
the language sections.  Item 1 is open. He  observed that OMB                                                                   
helped to clarify the Senate language in item 1.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Chenault MOVED  to ADOPT the  Senate's language  on                                                                   
item 1. There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Item 2, 3, 4 did not require action.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Mr.  Teal observed  that the  House  language on  item 5  was                                                                   
drafted before the passage of SB 124.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Chenault MOVED  to ADOPT  the  Senate language  for                                                                   
item 5. There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
5:06:11 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Item 6 did not require action.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Teal explained  that the Senate language  clarifies House                                                                   
on item 7.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Chenault MOVED  to ADOPT  the  Senate language  for                                                                   
item 7  in the Department  of Natural Resources.  There being                                                                   
NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
5:07:24 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Teal discussed item 8. Both  houses adopted new language,                                                                   
but the Senate was able to clean up the language.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Chenault  MOVED to  ADOPT Senate  8. There  being NO                                                                   
OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
No action was needed on items 9 or 10.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Mr.  Teal reviewed  item  11 and  concluded  that the  Senate                                                                   
language was clear.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Chenault MOVED to ADOPT Senate item 11.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Teal  explained  that item  12 was adopted.  Item 13  was                                                                   
House.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Chenault  MOVED to ADOPT House item  13. There being                                                                   
NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
5:09:41 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Items 14  and 15 relate to  CBR, but no action  was required.                                                                   
Item 16 was handled previously.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Mental Health                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Mr.  Teal observed  that  the House  general  omits a  single                                                                   
mental  health capital  project in order  to conference.  The                                                                   
only item  left open would be  item 6 Alaska  Housing Finance                                                                   
Corporation Housing Trust.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Hoffman  observed that  all  of the  Mental  Health                                                                   
items would be held open.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Adjourned                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
5:12:29 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                

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