Legislature(1993 - 1994)

01/26/1994 11:37 AM RLS

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                     SENATE RULES COMMITTEE                                    
                        January 26, 1994                                       
                           11:37 a.m.                                          
                                                                               
                                                                               
  MEMBERS PRESENT                                                              
                                                                               
 Senator Rick Halford, Chair                                                   
 Senator Steve Rieger, Vice Chair                                              
 Senator George Jacko                                                          
 Senator Suzanne Little                                                        
 Senator Fred Zharoff                                                          
                                                                               
  MEMBERS ABSENT                                                               
                                                                               
 All Members Present                                                           
                                                                               
  ALSO PRESENT                                                                 
                                                                               
  Senator Johnny Ellis                                                         
 Senator Drue Pearce                                                           
                                                                               
  COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                           
                                                                               
 SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 13                                                
 Requesting the Congress of the United States to pass legislation to           
 permit the export of Alaska crude oil.                                        
                                                                               
 SENATE BILL NO. 135                                                           
 "An Act making a special appropriation to the Department of                   
 Transportation and Public Facilities to determine the cost of                 
 acquiring real property within the right-of-way of the proposed               
 extension of the Alaska Railroad from Eielson Air Force Base to the           
 Alaska-Canada border; and providing for an effective date."                   
                                                                               
 SENATE BILL NO. 160                                                           
 "An Act relating to memorial scholarship loans."                              
                                                                               
  PREVIOUS SENATE COMMITTEE ACTION                                             
                                                                               
 SJR 13 - See Resources minutes dated 3/31/93.                                 
                                                                               
 SB 135 - See Transportation minutes dated 3/16/93.                            
          See Judiciary minutes dated 1/21/94.                                 
      Finance report 1/24/94.                                                  
                                                                               
 SB 160 - See HESS minutes dated 3/31/93.                                      
      Finance report 1/24/94.                                                  
                                                                               
  WITNESS REGISTER                                                             
                                                                               
 Senator Johnny Ellis                                                          
 State Capitol                                                                 
 Juneau, AK 99801-1182                                                         
  POSITION STATEMENT:   Offered information on SJR 13                          
                                                                               
 Joe Ambrose, Staff to Senator Taylor                                          
 State Capitol                                                                 
 Juneau, AK 99801-1182                                                         
  POSITION STATEMENT:   Offered information on SB 160                          
                                                                               
  ACTION NARRATIVE                                                             
                                                                               
 TAPE 94-1, SIDE A                                                             
 Number 001                                                                    
 CHAIRMAN RICK HALFORD called the Senate Rules Committee meeting to            
 order at 11:37 a.m.                                                           
                                                                               
 Chairman Halford brought  SJR 13  (EXPORT OF ALASKA OIL) before the           
 committee and noted there was a proposed Rules CS which would                 
 require a public hearing.  He then opened the public hearing on SJR
 13.                                                                           
                                                                               
 Number 010                                                                    
                                                                               
 SENATOR JOHNNY ELLIS, prime sponsor of SJR 13, informed the                   
 committee that the only change in the committee substitute is to              
 the language on page 2, line 32, "Whereas U.S. Secretary of Energy            
 Hazel O'Leary has recommended a lifting of the ban..."  He                    
 explained that Secretary O'Leary does want to lift the ban,                   
 however, she is currently reviewing the pros and cons of lifting              
 the ban as part of her Domestic Energy Initiative, and the new                
 language reflects that current status.                                        
                                                                               
 Senator Ellis said he and Senator Pearce have been officially                 
 working together on SJR 13, and in the previous committee of                  
 referral, a lot of Secretary O'Leary's language was added that not            
 just calls on the Congress to act, but for a recommendation to be             
 made and the President to put the full force of his office behind             
 changing the two federal laws that would allow Alaska to export               
 crude oil.                                                                    
                                                                               
 Number 030                                                                    
                                                                               
 CHAIRMAN HALFORD said California would probably have more to gain             
 than the State of Alaska, and he suggested that perhaps a copy of             
 the resolution should be sent to the California Congressional                 
 delegation.   SENATOR ELLIS responded that although California has            
 mixed emotions on the lifting the ban, he would not have a problem            
 with adding the California delegation to the list of people that              
 will receive the resolution.  He added that the biggest opponent is           
 the Washington Congressional delegation.  CHAIRMAN HALFORD said               
 that as long as Senator Ellis and Senator Pearce are satisfied with           
 the way the list is currently drafted, he would not move to make              
 that change.                                                                  
                                                                               
 Number 070                                                                    
                                                                               
 There being no other witnesses to testify on SJR 13, CHAIRMAN                 
 HALFORD asked for the pleasure of the committee.                              
                                                                               
 SENATOR LITTLE moved that CSSJR 13(RLS) be adopted.  Hearing no               
 objection, the motion carried.                                                
                                                                               
 SENATOR RIEGER moved and asked unanimous consent that CSSJR 13(RLS)           
 be passed out of committee with individual recommendations.                   
 Hearing no objection, it was so ordered.                                      
                                                                               
 SENATOR RIEGER moved and asked unanimous consent that CSSJR 13(RLS)           
 be approved for calendaring at the Chair's discretion.  Hearing no            
 objection, it was so ordered.                                                 
 Number 090                                                                    
 CHAIRMAN HALFORD brought  SB 135  (APPRO: AK RAILROAD EXTENSION               
 STUDY) before the committee as the next order of business.                    
                                                                               
 Number 109                                                                    
                                                                               
 SENATOR RIEGER moved and asked unanimous consent that SB 135 be               
 approved for calendaring at the Chair's discretion.  Hearing no               
 objection, it was so ordered.                                                 
 Number 114                                                                    
 CHAIRMAN HALFORD brought  SB 160  (MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP LOANS) before    re   
 the committee as the final order of business.                                 
                                                                               
 Number 117                                                                    
                                                                               
 SENATOR LITTLE asked if the legislation related to state sponsored            
 loan programs.  JOE AMBROSE, staff to Senator Taylor, acknowledged            
 that was correct.  There are established loan programs in state law           
 and this legislation addresses only the Michael Murphy Memorial               
 Scholarship Fund by adding the certificated program to the current            
 list of eligible recipients.                                                  
                                                                               
 Number 139                                                                    
                                                                               
 SENATOR ZHAROFF moved and asked unanimous consent that SB 160 be              
 approved for calendaring at the Chair's discretion.  Hearing no               
 objection, it was so ordered.                                                 
 There being no further business to come before the committee, the             
 meeting was adjourned at 11:47 a.m.                                           
                                                                               
                                                                               

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