Legislature(1995 - 1996)

03/25/1996 01:40 PM CRA

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         SENATE COMMUNITY & REGIONAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE                         
                         March 25, 1996                                        
                           1:40 p.m.                                           
                                                                               
  MEMBERS PRESENT                                                              
                                                                               
 Senator John Torgerson, Chairman                                              
 Senator Randy Phillips, Vice Chairman                                         
 Senator Tim Kelly                                                             
 Senator Fred Zharoff                                                          
 Senator Lyman Hoffman                                                         
                                                                               
  MEMBERS ABSENT                                                               
                                                                               
 All members present                                                           
                                                                               
  COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                           
                                                                               
 CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 272(FIN)                                                
 "An Act relating to municipal taxation of motor vehicles; and                 
 providing for an effective date."                                             
                                                                               
 SENATE BILL NO. 206                                                           
 "An Act relating to welfare reform by establishing the Alaska                 
 Family Independence Program; repealing the aid to families with               
 dependent children and job opportunity and basic skills programs;             
 relating to an exemption to Alaska Wage and Hour Act for certain              
 work activities of the Alaska Family Independence Program; relating           
 to the duty to support children of minor parents; relating to                 
 certain licenses and applications for a license for persons who are           
 not in substantial compliance with orders, judgments, or payment              
 schedules for child support; relating to an exemption to the state            
 procurement code for certain services for the general relief                  
 program and Alaska Family Independence Program; relating to                   
 eligibility for day care benefits administered by the Department of           
 Community and Regional Affairs; authorizing the Department of                 
 Health and Social Services to operate a public assistance program             
 consistent with the Alaska Family Independence Program under                  
 federal waivers and providing certain immunity from liability for             
 activities of that program; amending Alaska Rule of Civil Procedure           
 90.3; and providing for an effective date."                                   
                                                                               
  PREVIOUS SENATE COMMITTEE ACTION                                             
                                                                               
 HB 272 - No previous action to record.                                        
                                                                               
 SB 206 - See Community & Regional Affairs minutes dated 1/31/96,              
      2/19/96.                                                                 
                                                                               
  WITNESS REGISTER                                                             
                                                                               
 Representative Mark Hanley                                                    
 State Capitol                                                                 
 Juneau, AK 99801-1182                                                         
  POSITION STATEMENT:   Prime Sponsor of HB 272                                
                                                                               
 Kevin Ritchie, Executive Director                                             
 Alaska Municipal League                                                       
 217 2nd St.                                                                   
 Juneau, AK 99801                                                              
  POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in support of HB 272                         
                                                                               
 Juanita Hensley, Chief, Driver Services                                       
 Division of Motor Vehicles                                                    
 Department of Public Safety                                                   
 P.O. Box 20020                                                                
 Juneau, AK 99811-0020                                                         
  POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in support of HB 272                         
                                                                               
                                                                               
  ACTION NARRATIVE                                                             
                                                                               
 TAPE 96-18, SIDE A                                                            
 Number 001                                                                    
           CSHB 272(FIN) MUNICIPAL MOTOR VEHICLE TAX                          
                                                                              
                                                                               
  CHAIRMAN TORGERSON  called the Senate Community & Regional Affairs           
 Committee meeting to order at 1:40 p.m.  He introduced CSHB                   
 272(FIN) as the first order of business.                                      
                                                                               
 Number 014                                                                    
                                                                               
 R EPRESENTATIVE MARK HANLEY , prime sponsor of HB 272, explained the          
 legislation is a flexibility tool for municipalities.  Under                  
 current statute, there is a fee schedule for a motor vehicle                  
 registration tax that local communities are allowed to participate            
 in if they choose.  The state collects the fee for the                        
 municipalities and charges an 8 percent administrative fee for that           
 collection.  He noted a number of communities opt into the program            
 and a number of communities do not.                                           
                                                                               
 HB 272 will allow the municipalities to change their own motor                
 vehicle registration rate.  The municipality would be required to             
 pass an ordinance in support of an increase or decrease, and                  
 provide written notice to the department at least one year before             
 the change would take place.  A change could be made once every two           
 years.  The municipality would also have to pay a one-time fee to             
 the state for programming changes.                                            
                                                                               
 Number 065                                                                    
                                                                               
  KEVIN RITCHIE , Executive Director, Alaska Municipal League, said            
 the legislation is a top priority of both the Alaska Conference of            
 Mayors and the Alaska Municipal League.  He pointed out it                    
 shouldn't be perceived that this would mean an increase in the tax            
 in some communities, in fact, some communities are looking at it as           
 a way to lower the rates.                                                     
                                                                               
 Number 082                                                                    
                                                                               
  JUANITA HENSLEY , Division of Motor Vehicles, Department of Public           
 Safety, stated the department supports the legislation.                       
                                                                               
 Number 085                                                                    
                                                                               
  SENATOR ZHAROFF  moved that CSHB 272(FIN) be passed out of committee         
 with individual recommendations.   SENATOR RANDY PHILLIPS  objected.          
  SENATOR ZHAROFF  withdrew his motion.                                        
                                                                               
  SENATOR TORGERSON  stated the committee would take a brief at ease.          
                                                                               
 Number 100                                                                    
                                                                               
  SENATOR TORGERSON  called the meeting back to order.                         
                                                                               
  SENATOR ZHAROFF  renewed his motion to pass CSHB 272(FIN) out of             
 committee with individual recommendations.   SENATOR KELLY  stated he         
 has some real doubts about the wisdom of the legislation and does             
 not support it at this time, but he  knows it will be a matter that           
 will be handled by the Senate Finance Committee.  Hearing no                  
 objection to the motion, the Chairman stated CSHB 272(FIN) would              
 move out of commmittee with individual recommendations.                       
                                                                               
 Number 120                                                                    
                   SB 206 WELFARE REFORM                                     
                                                                               
  SENATOR TORGERSON  brought SB 206 before the committee as the next           
 order of business.   He noted at the last hearing on the bill there           
 were several concerns brought up as to the application of the bill            
 as it relates to Native communities and Native organizations.   A             
 letter was sent to the Department of Health & Social Services                 
 requesting clarification of certain points.  The department                   
 responded that a lot of the questions couldn't be answered because            
 of waivers, Congress and other stipulations that have yet to be               
 determined.  It is his opinion that this was a broad-based approach           
 to such a comprehensive bill, so he had a Community & Regional                
 Affairs CS drafted that basically deletes Section 47.27.070,                  
 "Coordination with Alaska Native Organizations with Tribal Family             
 Assistance Programs."  It also defines "qualified entity" as                  
 municipalities, other political subdivisions of the state,                    
 nonprofit corporations under AS 10.20, or combinations of these.              
 On page 33, line 35, "local governments" is changed to                        
 "municipalities" for consistency.                                             
                                                                               
 Number 152                                                                    
                                                                               
  SENATOR KELLY  moved that CSSB 206(CRA) be adopted.  Hearing no              
 objection, the motion carried.                                                
                                                                               
  SENATOR KELLY  moved that CSSB 206(CRA) be passed out of committee           
 with individual recommendations.  Hearing no objection, the                   
 Chairman stated CSSB 206(CRA) would move from committee with                  
 individual recommendations.                                                   
                                                                               
 There being no further business to come before the committee, the             
 meeting was adjourned at 1:50 p.m.                                            
                                                                               

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