Legislature(1999 - 2000)

03/17/1999 01:35 PM CRA

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    SENATE COMMUNITY & REGIONAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE                                                                               
                    March 17, 1999                                                                                              
                      1:35 p.m.                                                                                                 
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                                 
Senator Tim Kelly, Chair                                                                                                        
Senator Jerry Mackie, Vice Chair                                                                                                
Senator Randy Phillips                                                                                                          
Senator Lyman Hoffman                                                                                                           
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                  
Senator Jerry Ward                                                                                                              
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                              
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 71(CRA)                                                                                                   
"An Act establishing Kawerak, Inc., as the regional housing                                                                     
authority for the area that includes the Seward Peninsula,                                                                      
Unalakleet, and St. Lawrence Island."                                                                                           
     -MOVED CSHB 71(CRA) OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                       
SENATE BILL NO. 80                                                                                                              
"An Act relating to contracts for the provision of state public                                                                 
assistance to certain recipients in the state; providing for                                                                    
regional public assistance plans and programs in the state;                                                                     
relating to grants for Alaska tribal family assistance programs;                                                                
and providing for an effective date."                                                                                           
     -MOVED CSSB 80(CRA) OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                       
PREVIOUS SENATE COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                
CSHB 71(CRA) - No previous Senate action.                                                                                       
SB 80 -  See Community and Regional Affairs minutes dated 3/8/99.                                                               
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                                
Larry LaBolle, Legislative Aide                                                                                                 
Office of Representative Foster                                                                                                 
Alaska State Capitol                                                                                                            
Juneau, AK  99801-1182                                                                                                          
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified for the sponsor of CSHB 71(CRA)                                                                  
Mike Walleri                                                                                                                    
Tanana Chiefs Conference                                                                                                        
2518 Riverview Drive                                                                                                            
Fairbanks, AK  99709                                                                                                            
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of a proposed amendment                                                               
to CSSB 80(CRA).                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                                
TAPE 99-5, SIDE A                                                                                                               
Number 001                                                                                                                      
CHAIRMAN TIM KELLY called the Senate Community & Regional Affairs                                                               
Committee meeting to order at 1:35 p.m.  Senators Phillips, Hoffman                                                             
and Chairman Kelly were present.  The first order of business was                                                               
CSHB 71(CRA).                                                                                                                   
        HB  71-KAWERAK INC AS REGIONAL HOUSING AUTHORITY                                                                        
CHAIRMAN KELLY asked about the Bering Straits Native Association.                                                               
LARRY LABOLLE, staff to Representative Foster, prime sponsor of HB
71, explained the Bering Straits Native Association was assumed by                                                              
Kawerak, Inc. when Kawerak was created.  Kawerak requested HB 71                                                                
because to appoint a member to the Housing Authority, Kawerak                                                                   
members must recess their meeting, reconvene as the Bering Straits                                                              
Native Association, and make the appointment.                                                                                   
CHAIRMAN KELLY announced CSHB 71(CRA) has a zero fiscal note.                                                                   
SENATOR HOFFMAN moved to pass CSHB 71(CRA) from committee.   There                                                              
being no objection, the motion carried.                                                                                         
        SB  80-PUB.ASSISTANCE:PROGRAMS/GRANTS/CONTRACTS                                                                         
CHAIRMAN KELLY announced a proposed committee substitute was before                                                             
the committee.  SENATOR MACKIE moved to adopt CSSB 80(CRA).  There                                                              
being no objection, it was so ordered.                                                                                          
SENATOR HOFFMAN moved to adopt an amendment, to be explained by                                                                 
Mike Walleri.                                                                                                                   
CHAIRMAN KELLY objected for the purpose of an explanation.                                                                      
Number 051                                                                                                                      
MIKE WALLERI, Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC), stated TCC's main                                                                 
concern is to assure that people who receive benefits from a tribal                                                             
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program also be                                                                  
eligible to receive benefits from unrelated State-funded programs,                                                              
such as Medicaid and food stamps.  The amendment clarifies that                                                                 
certain state services will be available to eligigle TANF clients                                                               
since those services are not funded with TANF dollars.                                                                          
SENATOR PHILLIPS asked Mr. Walleri to provide an example.                                                                       
MR. WALLERI explained some clients are not eligible for TANF cash                                                               
benefits but are eligible for Medicaid.  Other clients are eligible                                                             
for food stamps but are not eligible for TANF cash payments. Those                                                              
clients were determined to be ineligible to receive food stamps                                                                 
because they were not eligible for the TANF cash payments.  TCC was                                                             
advised by the Administration that the denial of state program                                                                  
services was an unintended problem.                                                                                             
The committee took a brief at-ease.                                                                                             
CHAIRMAN KELLY maintained his objection to the amendment on the                                                                 
basis that it might be too broad as written.  He noted a clearer                                                                
amendment could be adopted in another committee or on the floor.                                                                
SENATOR HOFFMAN withdrew his motion to adopt the amendment.                                                                     
SENATOR MACKIE moved CSSB 80(CRA) from committee with individual                                                                
recommendations.  There being no objection, it was so ordered.                                                                  
There being no further business to come before the committee,                                                                   
CHAIRMAN KELLY adjourned the meeting at 1:47 p.m.                                                                               

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