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05/03/2007 05:07 PM HB95


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               25th ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                    
                        1st SESSION                                                                                             
          CONFERENCE COMMITTEE ON HB 95 and HB 96                                                                               
                        May 3, 2007                                                                                             
                         5:07 p.m.                                                                                              
CALL TO ORDER                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Representative Chennault called the Conference Committee                                                                        
meeting on HB 95 and HB 96 to order at 5:07:21 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                                                                                                                       
CSHB 95(FIN)                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
      "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."                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CSHB 96(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 95(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                                                                   
     appropriations  under art. IX, sec.  17(c), Constitution                                                                   
     of the State  of Alaska; and providing  for an effective                                                                   
     date."                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Senate CS for CSHB 96(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 95 and HB 96 were heard and HELD in Committee for                                                                       
     further  consideration   after  adoption   of  identical                                                                   
     items   and   letters   requesting    powers   of   free                                                                   
     conference.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Hoffman MOVED  to ADOPT  Representative Chenault  as                                                                   
the  presiding chair  of the  Conference Committee  on HB  95                                                                   
and HB 96. There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Chair Chenault MOVED  to ADOPT Senator Hoffman  as vice-chair                                                                   
of the Conference  Committee on HB 95 and HB  96. There being                                                                   
NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Chair Chenault  noted that both  the House and  Senate budget                                                                   
process  allowed for public  testimony.  That portion  of the                                                                   
process  is now  concluded;  the Conference  Committee  would                                                                   
not accept  further public testimony.  Unless invited  by the                                                                   
Chair,  only members  of the  Conference  Committee may  take                                                                   
part in discussion or sit at the table.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Chair  Chenault   observed  that   the  Legislative   Finance                                                                   
Division  had been directed  to prepare  the "motion  sheets"                                                                   
for use by  the Conference Committee. These  sheets summarize                                                                   
the differences  between the two  versions of the  bills that                                                                   
were the  subject of committee  discussions and  were located                                                                   
on the Legislative Finance Division's website.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Chair  Chenault  explained  that   the  Conference  Committee                                                                   
would operate  under Uniform Rule  42. All action  requires a                                                                   
majority  vote  from  each  body  for  adoption.  A  copy  of                                                                   
Uniform Rule 42  and related legal opinions  were provided in                                                                   
each member's packet.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Senator Hoffman  MOVED that  all appropriations  and language                                                                   
in the FY08 Operating Budget that  are identical in House and                                                                   
Senate  versions of  the  bills be  adopted.  There being  NO                                                                   
OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator Hoffman  MOVED to ADOPT  a letter requesting  limited                                                                   
powers  of  free  conference  for  the  items  that  are  not                                                                   
identical. There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Chair  Chenault  explained  that  under  Limited  Powers  the                                                                   
Conference Committee  can adopt  any amount between  zero and                                                                   
the  higher of  the  House or  Senate  version  of each  item                                                                   
subject to conference.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Chair  Chenault observed  that the  Committee meetings  would                                                                   
be posted on BASIS under the 24 hour rule.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
HB  95  and HB  96  were  heard  and HELD  in  Committee  for                                                                   
further consideration.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
The meeting was adjourned at 5:13 PM                                                                                            

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