Legislature(2019 - 2020)SENATE FINANCE 532

05/07/2019 01:00 PM CONFERENCE COMMITTEE ON HB39 AND HB40

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01:02:18 PM Start
01:08:06 PM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+ HB 39 APPROP: OPERATING BUDGET/LOANS/FUNDS TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+ HB 40 APPROP: MENTAL HEALTH BUDGET TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
Organizational Meeting
               31ST ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                    
                       FIRST SESSION                                                                                            
           CONFERENCE COMMITTEE ON HB 39 and HB 40                                                                              
                        May 7, 2019                                                                                             
                         1:02 p.m.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
1:02:18 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CALL TO ORDER                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Chair Foster called the Conference Committee meeting on HB
39 and HB 40 to order at 1:02 p.m.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT:                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
House:                                                                                                                          
Representative Neal Foster, Chair                                                                                               
Representative Tammie Wilson                                                                                                    
Representative Cathy Tilton                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Senate:                                                                                                                         
Senator Bert Stedman, Vice-Chair                                                                                                
Senator Natasha von Imhof                                                                                                       
Senator Donny Olson                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
None                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
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                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
HB 39     APPROP: OPERATING BUDGET/LOANS/FUNDS                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
          HB 39 was HEARD and HELD in committee for further                                                                     
          consideration.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
HB 40     APPROP: MENTAL HEALTH BUDGET                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
          HB 40 was HEARD and HELD in committee for further                                                                     
          consideration.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CS FOR SPONSOR SUBSTITUTE FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 39(FIN) am(brf                                                                   
sup maj fld)                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
     "An  Act making  appropriations for  the operating  and                                                                    
     loan  program  expenses  of state  government  and  for                                                                    
     certain   programs;    capitalizing   funds;   amending                                                                    
     appropriations;  making   supplemental  appropriations;                                                                    
     and providing for an effective date."                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SENATE CS FOR CS FOR SS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 39(FIN) am S                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     "An  Act making  appropriations for  the operating  and                                                                    
     loan  program  expenses  of state  government  and  for                                                                    
     certain   programs;    capitalizing   funds;   amending                                                                    
     appropriations; making  supplemental appropriations and                                                                    
     reappropriations;  and   providing  for   an  effective                                                                    
     date."                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
and                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
CS FOR SPONSOR SUBSTITUTE FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 40(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."                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SENATE CS FOR CS FOR SS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 40(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."                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:02:48 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator Stedman MOVED that Representative Foster serve as                                                                       
the presiding chair of the  FY 20 Conference Committee on HB
39 and HB 40. There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Chair Foster MOVED that Senator  Stedman serve as Vice-Chair                                                                    
of the FY 20 Conference Committee  on HB 39 and HB 40. There                                                                    
being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Chair   Foster  reviewed   procedures   pertaining  to   the                                                                    
conference  committee.  He noted  that  both  the House  and                                                                    
Senate  budget process  allowed for  public testimony.  That                                                                    
portion  of  the  process   was  concluded;  the  conference                                                                    
committee would not accept  further public testimony. Unless                                                                    
invited  by  the  Chair,  only  members  of  the  conference                                                                    
committee  would take  part  in discussions  or  sit at  the                                                                    
table.  He  noted  that  the  director  of  the  Legislative                                                                    
Finance  Division  would be  invited  to  sit at  the  table                                                                    
beginning with the next meeting.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Chair Foster observed that  the Legislative Finance Division                                                                    
had been directed to prepare  the "motion sheets" for use by                                                                    
the conference  committee. The motion sheets  summarized the                                                                    
differences  between the  two versions  of the  bills before                                                                    
the   conference  committee   and   were   located  on   the                                                                    
Legislative Finance Division's website.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Chair Foster  explained that the conference  committee would                                                                    
operate  under  Uniform  Rule  42.  All  action  required  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. Motions required  a majority  of each                                                                    
body.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
1:04:38 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair  Stedman   MOVED  that  all   appropriations  and                                                                    
language in the  FY 20 operating budget  that were identical                                                                    
in House and Senate versions of  HB 39 and HB 40 be adopted.                                                                    
There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Chair Foster observed that the  committee would need limited                                                                    
powers to reach agreements.  He explained that under limited                                                                    
powers  the  Conference  Committee could  adopt  any  amount                                                                    
between zero and  the higher of the House  or Senate version                                                                    
of each  item subject to  conference. He requested  a motion                                                                    
to  request  "limited powers"  for  budget  items for  which                                                                    
differences exist.  He relayed  he had distributed  a letter                                                                    
for  dated May  7, 2019,  addressed  to the  Speaker of  the                                                                    
House and the  Senate President.  Under  limited powers, the                                                                    
Conference  Committee could  adopt any  amount between  zero                                                                    
and the higher of the House or Senate version of each item                                                                      
subject to conference.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair  Stedman  MOVED  to  ADOPT  a  letter  requesting                                                                    
limited powers  of free conference  for the items  that were                                                                    
not identical. There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1:05:46 PM                                                                                                                    
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:07:29 PM                                                                                                                    
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Chair Foster observed that the committee meetings would be                                                                      
posted on BASIS under the 24-hour rule.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
HB 39 was HEARD and HELD in committee for further                                                                               
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
HB 40 was HEARD and HELD in committee for further                                                                               
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
1:08:06 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
The meeting was adjourned at 1:08 p.m.                                                                                          

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