Legislature(1993 - 1994)
03/29/1993 01:55 PM JUD
* first hearing in first committee of referral
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE March 29, 1993 1:55 p.m. MEMBERS PRESENT Senator Robin Taylor, Chairman Senator Rick Halford, Vice-Chairman Senator George Jacko Senator Suzanne Little MEMBERS ABSENT Senator Dave Donley COMMITTEE CALENDAR SENATE BILL NO. 67 "An Act amending provisions of ch. 66, SLA 1991, that relate to reconstitution of the corpus of the mental health trust, the management of trust assets, and to the manner of enforcement of the obligation to compensate the trust; and providing for an effective date." SENATE BILL NO. 51 "An Act providing for establishment of work camps for juveniles adjudicated delinquent, and extending to all cities and to nonprofit corporations authority to maintain facilities for juveniles." SENATE BILL NO. 152 "An Act changing the frequency of certain state inspections of weights and measures and relating to the issuance of citations for weights and measures violations." SENATE BILL NO. 58 "An Act relating to the longevity bonus program." PREVIOUS SENATE COMMITTEE ACTION SB 67 - See Resources minutes dated 2/3/93 and 2/5/93. See Judiciary minutes dated 3/1/93, 3/8/93, and 3/24/93. SB 51 - See HESS minutes dated 2/24/93 and 3/5/93. See Judiciary minutes dated 3/26/93. SB 152 - See Labor and Commerce minutes dated 3/16/93. See Judiciary minutes dated 3/22/93 and 3/24/93. SB 58 - See HESS minutes dated 2/19/93. See Judiciary minutes dated 3/26/93. WITNESS REGISTER Rick Johannsen, Attorney Coalition Drafting Counsel 1029 West 3rd Ave. #300 Anchorage, Alaska 99501 POSITION STATEMENT: Supported CSSB 67. ACTION NARRATIVE TAPE 93-33, SIDE A Number 001 Chairman Robin Taylor called the Judiciary Committee meeting to order at 1:55 p.m. SENATOR TAYLOR returned SB 67 (MENTAL HEALTH TRUST AMENDMENTS) to committee and announced it would be on teleconference to Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Petersburg. SENATOR TAYLOR first called on RICK JOHANNSEN, attorney for the Mental Health Coalition supporting SB 67, to testify. MR. JOHANNSEN reviewed his previous testimony from the Judiciary Committee meeting of 3/24/1993. He explained, since then, he had met with representatives from the Departments of Law and Natural Resources, and he thanked the departments for their constructive comments and suggestions. In reference to the proposed committee substitute brought to committee, he said it was the product of those discussions. MR. JOHANNSEN referred to the proposed committee substitute as a combination of the original bill, previous amendments considered by the committee, and further refinements developed with the Department of Law and DNR. MR. JOHANNSEN presented the committee substitute for further action by the committee, and he explained there were three significant changes: 1. In Section 2, a change to the land management position. 2. A clarification to the manner in which the title is conveyed to the reconstituted trust. 3. A mechanism for finding DNR's mental health land management duties from the mental health trust income account. MR. JOHANNSEN described the other changes as technical in nature and clarified the intent of the amendments discussed in the meeting of 4/24/93. He said they also represented existing settlement concepts fleshed out in the committee discussion. Number 066 MR. JOHANNSEN concluded with addition information on the three changes as listed at the beginning of his testimony. SENATOR JACKO moved to adopt CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 67(JUD) incorporating the new changes. Without objections, so ordered. SENATOR LITTLE thanked the efforts of MR. JOHANNSEN and the departments for their work on the legislation. SENATOR JACKO moved to pass CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 67(JUD) (MENTAL HEALTH TRUST AMENDMENTS) from committee with individual recommendations. Before passing the bill from committee, SENATOR TAYLOR thanked participants in the settlement. He moved CSSB 67(JUD) from committee without objections, so ordered. SENATOR TAYLOR returned SB 51 (WORK CAMPS FOR JUVENILE OFFENDERS) sponsored by SENATOR RANDY PHILLIPS to committee and reviewed the previous hearing on the bill for SENATOR LITTLE. Number 208 SENATOR HALFORD moved to pass SENATE BILL NO. 51 from committee with individual recommendations. Without objections, so ordered. SENATOR TAYLOR returned SB 152 (WEIGHTS & MEASURES: INSPECTIONS/CITATIONS) recommended by the Governor, to committee. Number 229 SENATOR HALFORD moved to pass SENATE BILL NO. 152 from committee with individual recommendations. Without objections, so ordered. SENATOR TAYLOR returned SB 58 (PHASE OUT LONGEVITY BONUS) to committee and explained the provisions of the bill. SENATOR HALFORD said it was not an easy solution. SENATOR LITTLE said her district was split on the issue, and she was having difficulty in making her decision. Number 254 SENATOR JACKO indicated he had a similar situation in his district. There was a short discussion on this fifty/fifty split in everyone's district on the phase-out of the bonus, and SENATOR TAYLOR decided to send the bill on to the Finance Committee. SENATOR JACKO move to pass SENATE BILL NO. 58 from committee with individual recommendations. Without objections, so ordered. There being no further business to come before the committee, the meeting was adjourned at 2:13 p.m.