Legislature(1995 - 1996)
05/01/1996 11:13 AM FIN
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MINUTES SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE May 1, 1996 11:13 a.m. TAPES SFC-96, #106, Side 1 (000-575) SFC-96, #106, Side 2 (575-230) CALL TO ORDER Senator Rick Halford, Co-chairman, convened the meeting at approximately 11:13 a.m. PRESENT All committee members (Co-chairmen Halford and Frank and Senators Donley, Rieger, Phillips, Sharp, and Zharoff) were present. ALSO ATTENDING: Former Senator Glenn Hackney; Senator Tim Kelly; Senator Johnny Ellis; Representative Finkelstein; Geron Bruce, Legislative Liaison, Dept. of Fish and Game; Glen Ray, Division of Public Health, Health Promotion Program Manager, Dept. of Health and Social Services; Bob Bartholomew, Deputy Director, Income and Excise Tax, Dept. of Revenue; Brooke Miles, Juneau Branch Administrator, Alaska Public Offices Commission; Don Dapcevich, Director, Advisory Board on Alcohol and Drug Abuse; Ruth Parriott, American Cancer Society; Anne Marie Holen, Citizens to Protect Kids from Tobacco; Ben Ellis, Executive Director, Kenai Sport Fishing Association; Jack Chenoweth, Legislative Attorney, Legislative Affairs Agency; Bill Miles, contractual staff to the Senate Majority; Kelly Huber, aide to Co-chairman Halford; and aides to committee members and other members of the legislature. PARTICIPATING VIA TELECONFERENCE: Mike Frank, Chairman, Campaign Finance Reform--Now!, Anchorage, Alaska. SUMMARY INFORMATION SB 191 - ELECTION CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM Discussion was had with Senator Kelly, Representative Finkelstein, Brook Miles, Jack Chenoweth, and via teleconference with Mike Frank in Anchorage. CSSB 191 (Fin) was ADOPTED and REPORTED OUT of committee with a $98.7 fiscal note from the Dept. of Administration (APOC), a $47.5 note from the Dept. of Law, and zero notes from the Dept. of Community and Regional Affairs, Governor's Office (Elections), and Legislative Affairs Agency. SB 210 - INCREASE TOBACCO TAXES Discussion was had with former Senator Glenn Hackney, Senator Ellis, Don Dapcevich, and Anne Marie Holen. CSSB 210 (STA) was then REPORTED OUT of committee with a fiscal note from the Dept. of Revenue showing costs of $63.3 and revenue of $33,426.8. SB 216 - OMNIBUS STATE FEES & COST ASSESSMENTS A draft CSSB 216 (Fin) (version "K," dated 5/1/96) was distributed for review by members. SB 285 - DISCRETE SALMON STOCK MANAGEMENT AND ASSESSMENT Discussion was had with Kelly Huber, Geron Bruce, and Ben Ellis. Amendments 1 and 2 were ADOPTED for incorporation within a Senate Finance Committee bill. CSSB 285 (Fin) was then REPORTED OUT of committee with fiscal note from the Dept. of Fish and Game (CFMD) showing revenues of $604.0, a Dept. of Fish and Game (Sport Fish) note showing revenue of $118.3, and a zero note from the Dept. of Revenue. HB 436 - MOBILE HOME DEALERS & TITLES Senator Phillips MOVED for passage of CSHB 436 (TRA). The bill was held in committee with the motion pending due to need to attend the Senate floor session. SENATE BILL NO. 210 An Act relating to taxes on cigarettes and tobacco products; and providing for an effective date. Co-chairman Halford directed that SB 210 be brought on for discussion. SENATOR JOHNNY ELLIS came before committee advising that the bill has broad public support which spans the political and philosophical spectrum. It even enjoys majority support among nicotine users in Alaska. The legislation also has "enormous health implications" and fiscal ramifications for the state in terms of revenues and health care costs. Senator Ellis advised that he sponsored the bill as a major health issue, especially as it relates to young people. He referenced backup materials and urged passage of the bill. Senator Randy Phillips referenced CSSB 210 (STA) and noted inclusion of intent language calling for allocation of new revenues from the tax as follows: 1. 10 percent for an anti-tobacco campaign targeting children. 2. 10 percent for prosecution of those who sell or supply tobacco to children. 3. 80 percent for state support of elementary and secondary education. and asked if the sponsor agreed with the foregoing. Senator Ellis responded affirmatively. He noted, however, that as intent, the language would not be binding on future legislatures. FORMER SENATOR GLENN HACKNEY next came before committee and voiced support for the bill. He asked that it be viewed as a health issue rather than a revenue measure. Mr. Hackney next attested to the variety of methods utilized by those attempting to stop smoking. One of the most effective means of discouraging young people from smoking is the price of the product. Cost discourages children from starting and encourages active smokers to quit. The American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, and the American Lung Association support the bill. The agenda for all three organizations is health and the saving of lives. Seventy-one out of one hundred Alaskan constituents support the legislation. Mr. Hackney urged support and passage. DON DAPCEVICH, Director, Advisory Board on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, next came before committee in support of the bill. He concurred in comments by former Senator Hackney that the legislation should be viewed as a prevention effort rather than a revenue issue. Lessons can be learned from statistics evidencing what happened when the cost of tobacco was increased in Canada. Cost increases reduce use, especially among young people. Mr. Dapcevich further attested to the correlation between tobacco use and other drug use. He urged passage of the proposed bill, reiterating that it represents a strong prevention effort. In his closing remarks, he voiced support for intent language within CSSB 210 (STA) and praised dedication of moneys for both prevention and intervention efforts through the Dept. of Public Safety. ANNE MARIE HOLEN, Citizens to Protect Kids from Tobacco, next came before committee in support of the bill. She explained that the group she represents is a coalition that includes the American Cancer Society of Alaska, the American Lung Association, the American Heart Association, Alaska State Medical Association, Nurses Association, Association of Alaska School Boards, and many other groups. She referenced correspondence to Senate President Pearce and House Speaker Gail Phillips from former surgeon general C. Everett Koop. Dr. Koop is so busy and in such demand that he rarely responds to requests for assistance such as that from Alaska. He made an exception in this case because he feels what is attempting to be done is important for both the state and the nation. Tobacco control experts are in agreement that the federal government should raise its cigarette tax to $2.00 per pack or higher, and every state should raise its tax to at least $1.00 per pack. Alaska would be the first to do that and would set a positive example for other states to follow. Dr. Koop noted that the foregoing could ultimately save millions of lives. Ms. Holen next quoted from an article written by Dr. Koop during the campaign for a 75-cent increase in the federal cigarette tax from the current 24-cents: Senators and Congressmen should be happy to find a tax that is actually popular. Polls show that almost 80 percent of Americans (Republicans and Democrats, young and old, men and women) support a large cigarette tax. So those members of Congress elected on a no new taxes pledge can go along with this one. Cigarette taxes are indeed different. Constituents do not understand why any legislator would balk at imposition of this tax. This tax is different. Ms. Holen asked that members recognize the serious nature of tobacco--the leading cause of death in Alaska. It has tremendous economic impact, draining hundreds of millions from the economy each year. She urged that members become part of the solution to the problem by supporting passage of SB 210. In her closing remarks, she asked how often members have the opportunity to enact legislation that saves thousands of lives, raises revenue, and enjoys support from a vast majority of constituents. Senator Sharp MOVED for passage of CSSB 210 (STA) with individual recommendations and accompanying fiscal notes. No objection having been raised, CSSB 210 (STA) was REPORTED OUT of committee with a fiscal note from the Dept. of Revenue showing a cost of $63.6 and projected revenue of $33,426.8. Co-chairman Frank and Senators Rieger and Sharp signed the committee report with a "do pass" recommendation. Co-chairman Halford and Senators Donley, Phillips, and Zharoff signed "no recommendation." SENATE BILL NO. 191 An Act relating to election campaigns, election campaign financing, the oversight and regulation of election campaigns by the Alaska Public Offices Commission, the activities of lobbyists that relate to election campaigns, and the definitions of offenses of campaign misconduct; and providing for an effective date. Co-chairman Halford directed that SB 191 be brought on for discussion. SENATOR TIM KELLY came before committee in support of the bill. He explained that utilizing CSSB 191 (Jud) as the base, work draft CSSB 191 (9-LS1260\H, Chenoweth, 4/30/96) attempts to strike an agreement on key provisions and clean up and conform initiative provisions to statutory language. Senator Kelly directed attention to correspondence from the chairman of Campaign Finance Reform--Now! The group collected over 33,000 signatures for placement of a campaign finance reform initiative on the November ballot. The correspondence indicates that version "H" is an acceptable approach which addresses the goals of the initiative. Senator Kelly highlighted the following areas: 1. Initiative provisions prohibit non-resident campaign contributions. The work draft CSSB 191 allows limited non-resident campaign contributions. 2. The initiative prohibits personal use, office use, and most other uses of campaign funds. The draft permits some transfer of campaign funds to office use. 3. The initiative prohibits all carryforwards of campaign funds. The draft allows some carryforward. The Senator referenced need for the legislation to meet a standard deeming it "substantially the same" as the initiative and noted strict adherence to the following important provisions that represent the spirit of the initiative: 1. Lobbyists are prohibited from making campaign contributions outside their districts. (Senator Kelly acknowledged that this issue is likely to end up in court.) 2. Candidate-groups-to-candidate-groups transfer of campaign funds are prohibited. 3. Corporations, companies, partnerships, unions and the like are prohibited from making contributions. The proposed draft is an attempt to maintain the essence of campaign finance reform and is substantially similar to the initiative. Senator Kelly acknowledged that it does not resolve all the constitutional questions that have been raised. Provisions of either the initiative or the proposed bill are likely to be taken to court, regardless of which passes. It will take several years for campaign reform to settle out in the court system. Co-chairman Halford asked if the chairman of Campaign Finance Reform--Now! would encourage the governor to sign the proposed draft should it pass the legislature. MIKE FRANK, Chairman, Campaign Reform--Now!, responded affirmatively via teleconference from Anchorage. The Co- chairman then asked if the proposed bill is substantially similar to the goals of the initiative. He further asked if belief that it is would be communicated to the Lt. Governor. Mr. Frank said he could not speak for all petitioners. He voiced his belief that lawyers could make reasonable arguments on "both sides of the bill" because the state of the law is undeveloped. The few pertinent court decisions are 20 years old, and the main decision was 3 to 2. Of greater importance is the time and effort that has gone into the draft. That has significant advantages. Mr. Frank said he was "very supportive" of version "H" and advised that if it is signed into law, he would not become involved in "any revolution to keep the initiative on the ballot." He acknowledged that he could not guarantee there would not be objections. Mr. Frank remarked that while certain provisions of the bill diminish those in the initiative, he understands why the changes were made and that they were made in good faith. They do not do such violence to the initiative that it would serve the long-term interest of the campaign reform group to raise a challenge, if passed. In response to a further question from Co-chairman Halford, Mr. Frank advised that reasonable arguments could be made that it is substantially similar. The political advantages of passage of law are important to a long-term solution accepted by the legislature. REPRESENTATIVE FINKELSTEIN next came before committee. Co- chairman Halford asked if the Representative would encourage both the Governor and Lt. Governor to act on the bill if it was passed. Representative Finkelstein said he would vote for the bill and encourage signature by the Governor. He said he could not determine whether the bill would meet the legal requirement of being "substantially the same" as initiative provisions. Representative Finkelstein voiced his belief that the bill would be good for the state, good public policy, and that it reflects the general goals of the initiative. Co-chairman Halford expressed unwillingness to replace the initiative with the proposed legislation unless the leadership of the 30,000 petitioners is in accord with legislative action. Representative Finkelstein reiterated support for the current draft. Senator Rieger referenced language at Page 20, line 8, and inquired concerning the effect of use of "shall" rather than "may" in discretion relating to penalties associated with a complaint. JACK CHENOWETH, Legislative Counsel, Legal Services, Legislative Affairs Agency, noted the requirement that the commission "shall" assess civil penalties. In subsection (e), commencing at line 17, the commission is given the opportunity to suspend or set aside penalties if it finds the violation was inadvertent, quickly corrected, had no adverse impact, and was not repeated or part of a series or pattern of violations. There is thus a presumption the penalty will be levied, with the exception of conditions cited in subsection (e). Further discussion followed concerning the consequences of changing "shall" to "may." Mr. Chenoweth explained that subsection (b) would become discretionary, and there would be no need for subsection (e). He noted that, as presently drafted, provisions are consistent with the initiative and a bit more structured in directions to the commission regarding how matters will be handled. Representative Finkelstein noted a different standard in the initiative. It contains both a minimum and a maximum. Use of "shall" makes a difference in the initiative. In the bill it makes no difference because all penalties are maximums. There are no minimums. Removal of minimums gives the commission and the court discretion to "go to zero" even when the conditions of (e) are not met. Senator Rieger next questioned language at Page 9, line 24. Representative Finkelstein noted that the initiative contains a $25 cap for cash donations. Senate State Affairs Committee returned the total to existing law ($100) with the concurrence of the sponsors. Senator Randy Phillips inquired concerning the rationale behind the $25 cap. Representative Finkelstein said that testimony from the commission and members of the legislature indicated that current law does not pose a significant problem. Campaigns in rural areas would be negatively impacted by the $25 maximum. The initiative committee concurred in the return to $100 as the maximum. The original intent was to avoid contributions that cannot be tracked. Senator Rieger questioned language within Section 14, Pages 13 and 14. Representative Finkelstein explained that it stems from a request from the Alaska Public Offices Commission. It recognizes a court decision that allows individuals to "do essentially anonymous, no disclaimer, kinds of things for relatively small expenditures in expressing their view through signs and handouts." Without the language, existing "paid for by" standards in Alaska could be challenged and struck down. Senator Rieger voiced his understanding that provisions relate more to the disclaimer than the amount of money spent. Representative Finkelstein concurred. Senator Kelly advised that in developing the bill, several APOC recommendations were adopted. BROOKE MILES, Juneau Branch Administrator, Alaska Public Offices Commission, came before committee and voiced support for version "H." She then explained that the $98.7 fiscal note provides for "some additional provisions." The new investigator would handle complex civil penalties, inquiries from the public, and the complaint caseload. The position would also produce a training program concerning new rules. The administrative clerk would assist in paper processing and provide support functions for the investigator. A regulation specialist would work for two years, only, to write regulations to implement the new rules. In additional to the positions, the fiscal note contains funding for travel for training so that new and incumbent candidates are knowledgeable of rule changes. Co-chairman Halford referenced a proposed amendment. Mr. Chenoweth explained that it would fit within Section 2 language which amends existing law prohibiting use of charitable gaming proceeds to support candidates for public office, a political party, or an organization affiliated with a political party. In drafting the present version, Mr. Chenoweth said he neglected to make reference to AS 15.60 which defines "political group." The amendment extends the definition to bar campaign contributions to "political groups" as defined in the election code. These are small associations and entities that did not qualify at the 3 percent threshold level in the last gubernatorial election. Senator Kelly said the language was brought to light by Senate President Pearce. Mr. Frank advised, via teleconference, that the initiative did not contain provisions relating to the use of charitable gaming proceeds. He voiced his belief that those supporting the initiative would have no problems with the more restrictive language in the proposed amendment. It does not appear to impact initiative provisions relating to group contributions. Representative Finkelstein voiced support for the technical amendment. Senator Randy Phillips MOVED for adoption of CSSB 191 (Fin) (version "H") as the mark-up document. No objection having been raised, CSSB 191 (Fin) was ADOPTED. Senator Phillips then MOVED for adoption of Amendment No. 1. No objection having been raised, Amendment No. 1 was ADOPTED. Senator Phillips next MOVED for passage of CSSB 191 (Fin) with individual recommendations. No objection having been raised, CSSB 191 (Fin) was REPORTED OUT of committee with a $98.7 fiscal note from the Dept. of Administration (APOC), a $47.5 note from the Dept. of Law, and zero notes from the Dept. of Community and Regional Affairs, Governor's Office (Elections), and Legislative Affairs Agency. Co-chairman Frank and Senators Donley, Phillips, Rieger, and Sharp signed the committee report with a "do pass" recommendation. Co-chairman Halford signed "do pass unless amended." Senator Zharoff signed "no recommendation." SENATE BILL NO. 285 An Act relating to management of discrete salmon stocks and to a salmon management assessment; and providing for an effective date. Co-chairman Halford directed that SB 285 be brought on for discussion. KELLY HUBER, aide to Co-chairman Halford, came before committee. She explained that current salmon management centers on heavy exploitation of mixed stock fisheries and disregards the negative impact of that approach on discrete stocks of all salmon species. She stressed need to fulfill the constitutional obligation to preserve a sustained yield of all stocks. The proposed bill requires the board of fisheries to adopt and implement a discrete salmon stock management policy consistent with a sustained yield of wild stocks. It also provides a means to offset costs incurred by implementing the policy. END: SFC-96, #106, Side 1 BEGIN: SFC-96, #106, Side 2 Mrs. Huber provided a sectional analysis of a draft CSSB 285 (Fin) (9-LS1527\F, Utermohle, 4/26/96): Section 2 directs the board of fisheries to implement management of discrete salmon stocks and sets time lines for gathering of data necessary for implementation. Section 3 provides for establishment and collection of a $1 salmon management surcharge on all sport fish licenses. Section 4 provides for a $20 management surcharge on crewmembers' fishing licenses. Section 5 provides for a $20 management surcharge on limited entry permit licenses. Senator Rieger referenced language at Page 4, line 7, noted that it speaks to deposit of the surcharge into the fish and game fund, and questioned lack of expenditure from the fund on the fiscal note. Mrs. Huber referenced the $1.7 million note from the Dept. of Fish and Game and advised that surcharges within the bill would cover that amount. Co- chairman Halford directed that the department submit a new fiscal note for CSSB 285 (Fin), showing revenue and expenditure. In response to questions from Senator Zharoff, Mrs. Huber advised of 450,000 sport fishing licenses; 35,000 crewmember licenses; and 15,000 limited entry permits. The $20-dollars increase would be in addition to existing $30 resident and $90 non-resident crewmember licenses. Senator Zharoff asked what the state would realize from the proposed study. Co-chairman Halford responded, "What you get is a guarantee that you don't destroy the weaker stocks as you harvest the stronger stocks in a mixed stock fishery." Compliance with the constitutional mandate for sustained yield for all segments of the stock would be achieved. Senator Donley MOVED for adoption of the draft CSSB 285 (Fin), version "F" dated 4/26/96, for purposes of discussion. No objection having been raised, CSSB 285 (Fin) was ADOPTED. BEN ELLIS, Executive Director, Kenai River Sport Fishing, next came before committee in support of the bill. He noted that the developing problem giving rise to the legislation was documented in the most recent National Academy of Science publication in December, 1995. It lays the foundation for the concern addressed by the proposed bill. He cited difficulty associated with attempting to manage a resources on a sustained yield basis without data to ensure that discrete (weak, smaller) stocks are protected as well. Mr. Ellis advised that the board of fisheries has consistently asked for more data upon which to base management decisions. The proposed bill will provide that data. It should help protect both sport and commercial fisheries throughout the state. Mr. Ellis urged support for the bill which he termed of "paramount importance." Senator Randy Phillips asked if Mr. Ellis also supported the fee increases. Mr. Ellis responded affirmatively. He voiced his understanding that "every major sport fishing organization in the state has supported this bill." Discussion of licensing of fishing guides followed among Mr. Ellis, Senator Zharoff, and Co-chairman Halford. Senator Zharoff took exception to the $20 increase for commercial fishermen, saying that "They're usually the last ones to get a shot at the resource under our management system." GERON BRUCE, Legislative Liaison, Dept. of Fish and Game, next came before committee and highlighted three elements within the legislation: 1. The discrete management policy and the social or economic benefits the board and legislature would want to see served by that policy. On this issue the department is neutral. 2. Additional funding and direction to conduct more research,data collection, and analysis on various salmon stocks as they contribute to mixed stock fisheries and escapement of those stocks. This effort is supported by the department. 3. Funding mechanism. The department is neutral on this issue. Mr. Bruce told members of new research techniques and focused upon genetic stock identification which, he explained, has the potential to offer "a whole new level of stock identification in fisheries." This technology has been applied on an experimental basis. Without additional funding, the department will not be able to extend new technologies to fisheries management in general. To that extent, the legislation would be helpful. Mr. Bruce directed attention to Section 5 on Page 4 and noted that the funding mechanism would be limited by language which says that funds collected from permit holders could only be spent within the administrative area in which the fisherman operates. That will fragment the funding source into small and large pots of money which cannot be accumulated and used to support an entire program. That is of concern. The department would thus recommend removal of that language. Mr. Bruce further recommended removal of pink salmon stock from the bill. Genetic stock identification technology has not demonstrated its effectiveness with pink salmon. Mr. Bruce advised that the fiscal note was prepared "by taking two particular fisheries (the Cook Inlet sockeye fishery and the Alaska Peninsula sockeye/chum fishery and its relationship to the Western Alaska fishery) and applying bill provisions. Since the note applies only to several of the fisheries, sufficient revenues will not be generated to add additional fisheries per the bill's proposed schedule. It should be recognized that moneys identified on the fiscal note reflect start-up funding based on two fisheries. Mr. Bruce further attested to costs associated with monitoring escapement in remote areas. He reiterated that revenue to be generated would not cover the range of fisheries set forth in the legislation. Senator Rieger reiterated his previous question concerning fiscal note information which shows revenues flowing to both the general fund and fish and game fund but expenditures from only the general fund. Mr. Bruce explained that the original funding mechanism for the legislation did not contemplate revenue from recreational users. The current draft incorporates those users. He further advised that recreational moneys could flow either to the fish and game fund or the general fund. Senator Rieger voiced his understanding that the department would submit a revised fiscal note with the correct allocation from the fish and game fund. Mr. Bruce concurred. Senator Sharp referenced Section 5 and spoke to difficulty associated with allocation to administrative areas. Co- chairman Halford advised that it was not his intent to include allocation language. He suggested that the concluding sentence from Sections 3 and 4 be added to Section 5 and that Section 5 language relating to administrative areas be deleted. Mr. Bruce voiced need for flexibility in allowing the department and board of fisheries to identify priorities when applying the proposed program. That would draw on board expertise in determining critical conservation and allocation needs and which areas and species should be the focus of intensive work. Co-chairman Halford referenced staging provisions within the bill providing for certain sections to become effective in 2006 and 2011. He acknowledged that a fiscal note could not be written in 1996 that would cover the cost of discrete stock identification in 2011, with any degree of certainty. Areas scheduled for earlier enaction are those where concern is greatest. There is adequate time, in the future, to change or amend provisions. Mr. Bruce further commented on need for flexibility to adjust to priority needs. Senator Sharp MOVED to delete language within Section 5, commencing with "A" at the end of line 23 through line 29, and replace it with the last sentence of Sections 3 and 4. No objection having been raised, the amendment was ADOPTED. Senator Zharoff cited fiscal note information referencing 5 permanent and 20 seasonal people and asked how the program would be operated within the current department structure. Mr. Bruce acknowledged that the program could not be implemented without new staff. Senator Zharoff questioned the benefit of the program to localized fisheries such as Atka. Fishermen in that area will be assessed for studies to be done elsewhere. He suggested that assessments should be conducted on stocks connected to particular fisheries. Mr. Bruce acknowledged that some stocks would not be the subject of assessment because they are localized and there is no competition among various users. He suggested, however, that the state's salmon resource as a whole would benefit. Senator Sharp directed attention to Page 2, line 4, and MOVED to add the Copper River to the Cook Inlet and Kodiak fisheries listed within subsection (B). Mr. Bruce said the amendment would involve additional costs. He acknowledged that the department would be reworking the fiscal note based on the Senate Finance Committee version of the bill. He further acknowledged that the department has "fairly good information" on the Copper River fishery so the effort would not be starting from scratch. No objection having been raised, the foregoing amendment was ADOPTED. Senator Donley MOVED for passage of CSSB 285 (Fin) with individual recommendations. Senator Zharoff OBJECTED. He voiced his belief that current department assessment and management of fisheries is more than adequate. He spoke specifically to Section 4 and said the $20 management surcharge was not equitable, particularly for fishermen in areas that will not benefit from data acquisition. It is also inequitable for fishermen who must obtain a commercial license but are not fishing for salmon. Senator Zharoff said that while he agreed with the intent, the proposed procedure is wrong. Co-chairman Halford called for a show of hands. The motion CARRIED on a vote of 4 to 1 (Co- chairman Frank and Senator Rieger had left the meeting.). CSSB 285 (Fin) was REPORTED OUT of committee with a fiscal note from the Dept. of Fish and Game (Sport Fish) showing revenues of $118.3, a Dept. of Fish and Game (CFMD) note showing revenues of $604.0, and a zero note from the Dept. of Revenue. Co-chairman Halford and Senators Donley, Phillips, and Sharp signed the committee report with a "do pass" recommendation. Senator Zharoff signed "do not pass." SENATE BILL NO. 216 An Act relating to fees or assessment of costs for certain services provided by state government, including hearing costs related to the real estate surety fund; fees for authorization to operate a postsecondary educational institution or for an agent's permit to perform services for a postsecondary educational institution; administrative fees for self-insurers in workers' compensation; business license fees; fees for activities related to coastal zone management, training relating to emergency management response, regulation of pesticides and broadcast chemicals, and subdivision plans for sewage waste disposal or treatment; and providing for an effective date. Co-chairman Halford directed that a draft CSSB 216 (Fin) (version "K", dated 5/5/96) be distributed for review by members and consideration at a subsequent meeting. CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 436(TRA) An Act relating to purchase and sale of mobile homes by mobile home dealers; to mobile home titles; and providing for an effective date. Senator Randy Phillips MOVED for passage of CSHB 436 (TRA). Senator Donley noted need to attend the Senate Floor session at 1:00 p.m. and asked that the meeting be adjourned. ADJOURNMENT The meeting was recessed at approximately 12:55 p.m.