Legislature(1993 - 1994)

05/04/1994 05:44 PM RLS

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                     SENATE RULES COMMITTEE                                    
                          May 4, 1994                                          
                           5:44 p.m.                                           
                                                                               
                                                                               
  MEMBERS PRESENT                                                              
                                                                               
 Senator Rick Halford, Chair                                                   
 Senator Steve Rieger, Vice Chair                                              
 Senator George Jacko                                                          
 Senator Fred Zharoff                                                          
                                                                               
  MEMBERS ABSENT                                                               
                                                                               
 Senator Suzanne Little                                                        
                                                                               
  COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                           
                                                                               
 CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 319(FIN)                                                
 "An Act relating to the training of law enforcement and corrections           
 officers; to the establishment of surcharges to be assessed for               
 violations of certain traffic offenses; allowing defendants who are           
 unable to pay the surcharge to perform community work; creating the           
 Alaska police standards training fund; and providing for an                   
 effective date."                                                              
                                                                               
 CS FOR HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 43(FIN)                                     
 Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the State of Alaska             
 relating to the rights of crime victims.                                      
                                                                               
 SENATE BILL NO. 301                                                           
 "An Act increasing elementary and secondary instructional units for           
 certain school districts with 800 or fewer students in average                
 daily membership; and providing for an effective date."                       
                                                                               
 SENATE BILL NO. 362                                                           
 "An Act relating to insurance, to the licensing, accreditation,               
 examination, regulation, and solvency of persons engaged in the               
 insurance business, including insurers, nonadmitted insurers,                 
 purchasing groups, risk retention groups, and United States                   
 branches of alien insurers; relating to the management of and the             
 filing of reports by persons licensed or otherwise doing business             
 under the insurance code; amending Alaska Rule of Civil Procedure             
 45; and providing for an effective date."                                     
                                                                               
 SENATE BILL NO. 378                                                           
 "An Act relating to permanent fund dividend program notice                    
 requirements and to dividends of individuals convicted of felonies            
 or misdemeanors; and providing for an effective date."                        
                                                                               
 SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 52                                                
 Proposing amendments to the Constitution of the State of Alaska               
 relating to the budget reserve fund.                                          
                                                                               
  PREVIOUS SENATE COMMITTEE ACTION                                             
                                                                               
 HB 319 - See Judiciary minutes dated 4/26/94.                                 
      Finance report 5/2/94.                                                   
                                                                               
 HJR 43 - See Judiciary minutes dated 11/16/93 and State Affairs               
          minutes dated 3/9/94, 3/21/94, 3/23/94, and 3/28/94.                 
      See Judiciary minutes dated 4/26/94, 4/30/94 & 5/3/94.                   
      Finance referral waived 5/4/94.                                          
                                                                               
 SB 301 - See Health, Education & Social Services minutes dated                
          3/30/94, 4/18/94 and 4/25/94.                                        
      Finance report 5/4/94.                                                   
                                                                               
 SB 362 - See Labor & Commerce minutes dated 3/29/94 and 3/31/94.              
          See Judiciary minutes dated 4/11/94 and 4/30/94.                     
                                                                               
 SB 378 - See State Affairs minutes dated 4/18/94 and 4/20/94.                 
      Finance report 5/2/94.                                                   
                                                                               
 SJR 52 - Finance report 5/4/94.                                               
                                                                               
      ACTION NARRATIVE                                                         
                                                                               
 TAPE 94-8, SIDE A                                                             
                                                                               
 Number 001                                                                    
                                                                               
 CHAIRMAN RICK HALFORD called the Senate Rules Committee meeting to            
 order at 5:44 p.m.                                                            
 SENATOR JACKO moved and asked unanimous consent that  CSHB 319(FIN)           
  (ALASKA POLICE STNDS TRAINING FUND) be approved for calendaring at           
 the Chair's discretion.  Hearing no objection, it was so ordered.             
 SENATOR JACKO moved and asked unanimous consent that  CSHJR 43(FIN)           
 (RIGHTS OF CRIME VICTIMS; CRIMINAL ADMIN) be approved for                     
 calendaring at the Chair's discretion.  Hearing no objection, it              
 was so ordered.                                                               
 SENATOR JACKO moved and asked unanimous consent that  SB 301  (REVISE    SE   
 FOUNDATION FORMULA, SMALL SCHOOLS) be approved for calendaring at             
 the Chair's discretion.  SENATOR ZHAROFF objected, stating that it            
 doesn't include the "fix" for the single dual site schools.  He               
 then withdrew his objection.  Hearing no further objection, it was            
 so ordered.                                                                   
 SENATOR JACKO moved and asked unanimous consent that  SB 362                  
 (OMNIBUS INSURANCE REFORM) be approved for calendaring at the                 
 Chair's discretion.  Hearing no objection, it was so ordered.                 
 SENATOR JACKO moved and asked unanimous consent that  SB 378  (NO             
 PFD:PERSONS JAILED FOR FELONY OR MISD.) be approved for calendaring           
 at the Chair's discretion.  Hearing no objection, it was so                   
 ordered.                                                                      
 CHAIRMAN HALFORD brought  SJR 52  (BUDGET RESERVE FUND AMENDMENT)             
 before the committee as the final order of business.   He requested           
 that Senator Rieger explain the difference between the proposed               
 Rules CS and the Finance CS.                                                  
                                                                               
 Senator Rieger directed attention to page 1, line 7 of the Senate             
 Finance CS and the  phrase "money in the budget reserve fund shall            
 be treated as general funds", which was intended to refer to the              
 manner of appropriation of the fund.  Tam Cook, Director of the               
 Division of Legal Services, raised concern that the phrase might              
 raise questions of how it is invested, etc.  Senator Rieger                   
 suggested changing "shall be treated" to "may be appropriated" to             
 make it clear that it is only referring to the manner in which the            
 money is appropriated.                                                        
                                                                               
 Senator Rieger said there was also a sentence in the Finance CS               
 that read "For the purpose of this section money from the budget              
 reserve fund shall be considered to be the last used in a fiscal              
 year", which was an attempt to make sure that the general fund                
 monies were used before using monies from the budget reserve.  A              
 number of questions were raised that showed it is somewhat                    
 impractical, and he suggested removing that language altogether.              
                                                                               
 Senator Rieger also recommended changing "prior year's level" to              
 "prior fiscal year's level."                                                  
                                                                               
 CHAIRMAN HALFORD asked for the pleasure of the committee on the               
 proposed Rules CS.                                                            
                                                                               
 SENATOR RIEGER moved that CSSJR 52(RLS) be adopted.  Hearing no               
 objection, the motion carried.                                                
                                                                               
 SENATOR RIEGER moved that CSSJR 52(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 52(RLS)           
 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 5:50 p.m.                                            
                                                                               

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