Legislature(2009 - 2010)

04/14/2009 08:34 AM HB81


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                  26th ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                 
                           2nd SESSION                                                                                          
             CONFERENCE COMMITTEE ON HB 81 and HB 83                                                                            
                          April 14, 2009                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CALL TO ORDER                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Representative Hawker called the Conference Committee meeting on                                                                
HB 81 and HB 83 to order at 8:37:50 AM.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT:                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Senate:                                                                                                                         
     Senator Lyman Hoffman                                                                                                      
     Senator Bert Stedman, Member                                                                                               
     Senator Joe Thomas, Member                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
House:                                                                                                                          
     Representative Mike Hawker,                                                                                                
     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                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     CSHB 81(FIN) am(brf sup maj fld)                                                                                           
       "An Act making  appropriations  for the  operating and  loan                                                             
       program  expenses   of   state   government,   for   certain                                                             
       programs,  and  to capitalize   funds;  making  supplemental                                                             
       appropriations; making  reappropriations; and providing  for                                                             
       an effective date."                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     CSHB 83(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 CSHB 81(FIN) am S                                                                                            
       "An Act making  appropriations  for the  operating and  loan                                                             
       program  expenses   of   state   government,   for   certain                                                             
       programs,  and  to capitalize   funds;  making  supplemental                                                             
       appropriations;     making     reappropriations;      making                                                             
       appropriations under  art.  IX, sec.  17(c) Constitution  of                                                             
       the State of Alaska; and providing for an effective date."                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     Senate CS for CSHB 83(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."                                                                                                                   
8:39:55 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION:                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Hoffman MOVED to ADOPT the committee's recommendation                                                                
for the Administration Department's budget:                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
          Item 3          Senate                                                                                                
          Item 5          Senate as a "One Time Item"                                                                           
          Item 6          House                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Chair Hawker observed that the action closed the conference-able                                                                
items for the Department of Administration.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
8:40:31 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE, COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT:                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Hoffman MOVED to ADOPT the committee's recommendation                                                                
for the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic                                                                          
Development budget:                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
          Items 3 and 6 Senate                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Chair Hawker noted that the action closed the conference-able                                                                   
items for the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic                                                                    
Development.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
8:41:11 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS:                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Hoffman  MOVED to ADOPT  the committee's  recommendation                                                             
for the Corrections Department's budget:                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
          Item 1          House                                                                                                 
          Item 3          House                                                                                                 
          Item 6          Senate as a "One Time Item" minus $                                                                   
     725,000                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair  Hoffman  MOVED to  rescind  the committee's  action  on                                                             
Corrections  Item  8 for  the  purposes  of restating  the  motion.                                                             
There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Hoffman  MOVED to ADOPT  the committee's  recommendation                                                             
for the following in the Corrections Department's budget:                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
          Item 8     Senate minus $381.9 General Fund                                                                           
                     Senate plus $381.9 PFD Criminal Funds                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
There being  NO OBJECTION,  it was so  ordered. Chair Hawker  noted                                                             
that  the   action  closed  the   conference-able  items   for  the                                                             
Department of Corrections.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:42:40 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND EARLY DEVELOPMENT                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Hoffman  MOVED to ADOPT  the committee's  recommendation                                                             
for the Education and Early Development Department's budget:                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
          Item 1               Senate                                                                                           
          Items 2 and 3        House                                                                                            
          Items 4 and 5        Senate                                                                                           
          Item 6               House                                                                                            
          Item 7               Senate as a "One Time Item"                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
There being  NO OBJECTION,  it was so  ordered. Chair Hawker  noted                                                             
that  the   action  closed  the   conference-able  items   for  the                                                             
Department of Education and Early Development.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
8:43:20 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Hoffman  MOVED to ADOPT  the committee's  recommendation                                                             
for the Environmental Conservation Department's budget:                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
          Item 1          House                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
There being  NO OBJECTION,  it was so  ordered. Chair Hawker  noted                                                             
that  the   action  closed  the   conference-able  items   for  the                                                             
Department of Environmental Conservation.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND GAME                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Chair Hawker  Fish and  Game was  closed-out during  the April  11,                                                             
2009 meeting.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
8:44:00 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Hoffman  MOVED to ADOPT  the committee's  recommendation                                                             
for the Health and Social Services Department's budget:                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
          Item 3               House                                                                                            
          Item 4               Senate                                                                                           
          Items 5 and 6        House                                                                                            
          Items 25 and 26      Senate                                                                                           
          Item 27              House                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
There being  NO OBJECTION,  it was so  ordered. Chair Hawker  noted                                                             
that  the   action  closed  the   conference-able  items   for  the                                                             
Department of Health and Social Services.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
8:44:42 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Hoffman  MOVED to ADOPT  the committee's  recommendation                                                             
for the Labor and Workforce Department's budget:                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
          Item 1          House                                                                                                 
          Item 2          Senate minus $90,000 I/A and one                                                                      
     position                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
There being  NO OBJECTION,  it was so  ordered. Chair Hawker  noted                                                             
that  the   action  closed  the   conference-able  items   for  the                                                             
Department of Labor and Workforce Development.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
8:45:20 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DEPARTMENT OF LAW                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Hoffman  MOVED to ADOPT  the committee's  recommendation                                                             
for the Law Department's budget:                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
          Item 1          House minus $900,000                                                                                  
          Item 2          Senate                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
There being  NO OBJECTION,  it was so  ordered. Chair Hawker  noted                                                             
that  the   action  closed  the   conference-able  items   for  the                                                             
Department of Law.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Chair  Hawker  observed  that Item  2  would  be addressed  in  the                                                             
capital budget.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
8:46:04 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Hoffman  MOVED to ADOPT  the committee's  recommendation                                                             
for the Natural Resources Department's budget:                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
          Item 1               House                                                                                            
          Item 2               Senate minus $80,000                                                                             
          Items 3 and 4        House                                                                                            
          Item 5               Senate                                                                                           
          Item 6               House                                                                                            
          Item 7               Senate as a "One Time Item"                                                                      
                               minus $25,000 General Fund                                                                       
          Items 8 thru 13      House                                                                                            
          Item 14              Senate                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
There being  NO OBJECTION,  it was so  ordered. Chair Hawker  noted                                                             
that  the   action  closed  the   conference-able  items   for  the                                                             
Department of Natural Resources.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
8:46:55 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Hoffman  MOVED to ADOPT  the committee's  recommendation                                                             
for the Public Safety Department's budget:                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
          Items 1, 5, 6, 7 and 8    House                                                                                       
          Items 11, 12, 13 and 14 Senate                                                                                        
          Item 15         Senate minus $381,900 PFD Crim                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
There being  NO OBJECTION,  it was so  ordered. Chair Hawker  noted                                                             
that  the   action  closed  the   conference-able  items   for  the                                                             
Department of Public Safety.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Chair Hawker noted support for statewide public safety.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
8:47:27 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Chair Hawker  observed that the  Department of Revenue  was closed-                                                             
out during the April 11, 2009 meeting.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND PUBLIC FACILITIES                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair   Hoffman  Vice-Chair   Hoffman  MOVED   to  ADOPT   the                                                             
committee's  recommendation   for  the  Transportation  and  Public                                                             
Facilities Department's budget:                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
          Items 1 thru 19           Senate                                                                                      
          Item 20                   House                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
There  being  NO  OBJECTION,  it  was   so  ordered.  Chair  Hawker                                                             
observed  that the  action  closed  the conference-able  items  for                                                             
the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Chair  Hawker recognized  Senator  Stedman's  action  and the  hope                                                             
that supplemental  action  would not  be needed  in the future  due                                                             
to those efforts.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
8:49:06 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Hoffman  MOVED to ADOPT  the committee's  recommendation                                                             
for the University of Alaska's budget:                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
          Items 1 and 2 Senate                                                                                                  
          Item 3               House                                                                                            
          Items 4, 5 and 6     Senate                                                                                           
          Item 7               House                                                                                            
          Item 8               Senate minus $500,000 GF                                                                         
          Item 9               House                                                                                            
          Item 10              Senate                                                                                           
          Item 11              Senate and this is a "One Time                                                                   
                              Item"                                                                                             
          Items 12 and 13      House                                                                                            
          Item 14              Senate and this is a "One Time                                                                   
                              Item"                                                                                             
          Item 15              House                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
There being  NO OBJECTION,  it was so  ordered. Chair Hawker  noted                                                             
that  the   action  closed  the   conference-able  items   for  the                                                             
University  of Alaska.  Chair Hawker  observed his  desire to  work                                                             
with the University to assure funding in the future.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
8:50:15 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ALASKA COURT SYSTEM                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Chair  Hawker observed  that the  Alaska Court  System was  closed-                                                             
out during the April 11, 2009 meeting.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
LEGISLATURE                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Chair Hawker  observed that the  Legislature was closed-out  during                                                             
the April 11, 2009 meeting.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
8:51:13 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
STATEWIDE                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Hoffman  MOVED to ADOPT  the committee's  recommendation                                                             
on the Statewide Sheet:                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
          Item 3          Senate                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair  Hoffman  MOVED to  rescind  the committee's  action  on                                                             
Statewide  Item 2 for  the purposes  of restating  the motion  with                                                             
technical  corrections.   There  being  NO  OBJECTION,  it  was  so                                                             
ordered.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair  Hoffman MOVED  that the Committee  adopt the  following                                                             
on the Statewide Sheet:                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
          Statewide Item 2                                                                                                      
              Senate minus $10,275,000 General Funds                                                                            
               Senate minus $10,275,000 Alaska Debt Retirement                                                                  
                     Fund                                                                                                       
               Senate plus $ 5,589,000 General Obligation Debt                                                                  
                     Service Fund                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
There  being  NO  OBJECTION,  it  was   so  ordered.  Chair  Hawker                                                             
observed  that  the action  closed  the  conference-able  Statewide                                                             
items.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
8:52:15 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MENTAL HEALTH                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Hoffman  MOVED to ADOPT  the committee's  recommendation                                                             
for  all  changes  to the  Mental  Health  operating  budget  items                                                             
based on   action taken  in the departmental  motion sheets.  There                                                             
being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Hoffman  MOVED to ADOPT  the committee's  recommendation                                                             
for the following Mental Health Capital bill items:                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
          Items 1 thru 7 Senate                                                                                                 
          Item 8          Senate                                                                                                
                          minus $6,000,000 AHFC Dividend                                                                        
                          plus $4,000,000 Capital Income Fund                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
          Item 9               House                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
There  being  NO OBJECTION,  it  was so  ordered.  Hawker  observed                                                             
that the action closed the Mental Health items.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
8:54:17 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
FISCAL NOTES                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Chair  Hawker provided  members  with  a four  page  report by  the                                                             
Legislative  Finance  Division  report   detailing  certain  fiscal                                                             
notes (copy  on file).  The fiscal  notes contain funding  relating                                                             
to  legislation  that  is  assumed   to  pass  during  the  current                                                             
session  and  would be  considered  part  of the  agency  operating                                                             
budget.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Hoffman  MOVED to ADOPT  the committee's  recommendation                                                             
for the  fiscal notes  in the attached  Legislative Finance  report                                                             
dated 4/13/2009.   He  clarified  that should a  measure be  listed                                                             
in the report not be enacted the appropriation shall lapse.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Stedman asked  for  the fiscal  note  total. Chair  Hawker                                                             
responded that fiscal notes total 4.9 million in aggregate.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Stedman  noted  that  total   is  a  reduction  from  that                                                             
projected by the Administration.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Chair Hawker  observed that the fiscal  note portion of  the budget                                                             
was closed.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
8:57:42 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
THE TECHNICAL AND CONFORMING CHANGES                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair  Hoffman MOVED  that  the Committee  give  authorization                                                             
to Legislative  Finance and  Alaska Legislative  Legal Division  to                                                             
make  any necessary  technical  and  conforming amendments  on  the                                                             
two bills  and that the  Committee report  out of Committee  CS for                                                             
HB 81 and HB 83.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Stoltze  noted that  federal  funds may  not be  as                                                             
prolific in the coming year.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CCHB 81 and CCHB 83 were reported out of committee.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
The meeting was adjourned at 9:00:57 AM.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                

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