Legislature(1995 - 1996)

04/30/1995 01:10 PM FIN

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                             MINUTES                                           
                    SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE                                   
                         April 30, 1995                                        
                            1:10 p.m.                                          
  TAPES                                                                        
                                                                               
  SFC-95, #61, Side 1 (000-121)                                                
                                                                               
  CALL TO ORDER                                                                
                                                                               
  Senator Rick  Halford, Co-chairman, convened  the meeting at                 
  approximately 1:10 p.m.                                                      
                                                                               
  PRESENT                                                                      
                                                                               
  In  addition  to  Co-chairman  Halford,  Senators  Phillips,                 
  Rieger, Sharp, and Zharoff were  present.  Co-chairman Frank                 
  and Senator Donley did not attend.                                           
                                                                               
  ALSO  ATTENDING:    Aides  to  committee members  and  other                 
  members of the legislature.                                                  
                                                                               
  SUMMARY INFORMATION                                                          
                                                                               
  SCR 19 -  BLUE RIBBON COMMISSION ON GAMING                                   
                                                                               
            The Co-chairman provided  a brief overview  of the                 
            bill.   SCR 19 was  then REPORTED OUT of committee                 
            with directions  to obtain an  accompanying fiscal                 
            note from the Legislative Affairs Agency.                          
                                                                               
  SB 172 -  ELIMINATE MONTE CARLO NIGHTS                                       
                                                                               
            Brief  discussion  was  had.    SB  172  was  then                 
            REPORTED  OUT  of  committee  with a  zero  Senate                 
            Finance  Committee fiscal  note for  the  Dept. of                 
            Revenue.                                                           
                                                                               
                                                                               
  SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 19                                          
                                                                               
       Establishing the Blue Ribbon  Commission on Gaming  and                 
       Gambling  and  relating  to commission  recommendations                 
       regarding gaming and gambling in the state.                             
                                                                               
  Co-chairman Halford directed  that SCR 19 be  brought on for                 
  discussion.  He explained that  it would create a  9-member,                 
  blue ribbon commission on gaming consisting of:                              
                                                                               
       Three members appointed by the Governor                                 
       Three members appointed by the Senate President                         
       Three members appointed by the Speaker of the House                     
                                                                               
                                                                               
  The commission  would terminate  January 15,  1996.  It  has                 
  authority  to  expend  funds,  subject  to approval  of  the                 
  Legislative Council.                                                         
                                                                               
  Co-chairman Halford  called for testimony on the bill.  None                 
  was forthcoming.   Senator Randy Phillips MOVED  that SCR 19                 
  pass  from  committee with  individual recommendations.   No                 
  objection having  been raised, SCR  19 was  REPORTED OUT  of                 
  committee.  Co-chairman Halford signed the  committee report                 
  with a "do pass" recommendation.  Senators Phillips, Rieger,                 
  Sharp, and Zharoff  signed "no recommendation."   (Staff was                 
  subsequently  directed  to  obtain a  fiscal  note  from the                 
  Legislative  Affairs  Agency.  A  note  totaling  $87.0  was                 
  received 5-1-95)                                                             
                                                                               
                                                                               
  SENATE BILL NO. 172                                                          
                                                                               
       An   Act  eliminating   'monte  carlo'  nights   as  an                 
       authorized form of charitable gaming; and providing for                 
       an effective date.                                                      
                                                                               
  Co-chairman Halford directed  that SB 172 be  brought on for                 
  discussion.  He  noted that  the bill had  been through  the                 
  Senate Judiciary Committee  and advised that since  there is                 
  no accompanying fiscal  note, the  committee would attach  a                 
  zero note.                                                                   
                                                                               
  In response  to  a question  from Senator  Zharoff, the  Co-                 
  chairman  explained  that  language  in  Sec.  1  eliminates                 
  provisions relating to playing cards, dice, roulette wheels,                 
  coin operated  instruments, machines, and  other instruments                 
  designed or intended primarily for gaming or gambling.                       
                                                                               
  Senator  Sharp  inquired  concerning the  Iditarod,  and Co-                 
  chairman  Halford  advised that  it  is  taken  care  of  in                 
  statute.  Senator Rieger said that while he would not object                 
  to movement  of the  bill, he  would have  preferred a  more                 
  surgical  rather  than across-the-board  approach.   Senator                 
  Zharoff said he would object to  movement because he did not                 
  know  what  the  impact  upon non-profit  organizations  and                 
  municipalities might be.                                                     
                                                                               
  Senator  Sharp MOVED for passage of the bill with individual                 
  recommendations.   The motion CARRIED  on a 4  to 1  show of                 
  hands.   SB 172  was REPORTED OUT  of committee with  a zero                 
  Senate  Finance  Committee  fiscal  note  for the  Dept.  of                 
  Revenue.  Co-chairman  Halford signed  the committee  report                 
  with a "do pass" recommendation.  Senators Phillips, Rieger,                 
  and  Sharp  signed  "no  recommendation."   Senator  Zharoff                 
  signed "do not pass."                                                        
                                                                               
  ADJOURNMENT                                                                  
                                                                               
                                                                               
  The meeting was adjourned at approximately 1:20 p.m.                         
                                                                               

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