Legislature(1997 - 1998)

05/02/1997 03:22 PM RLS

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                     SENATE RULES COMMITTEE                                    
                          May 2, 1997                                          
                           3:22 p.m.                                           
                                                                               
  MEMBERS PRESENT                                                              
                                                                               
 Senator Loren Leman, Chairman                                                 
 Senator Mike Miller                                                           
 Senator Robin Taylor                                                          
 Senator John Torgerson                                                        
 Senator Jim Duncan                                                            
                                                                               
  MEMBERS ABSENT                                                               
                                                                               
 All members present                                                           
                                                                               
  COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                           
                                                                               
 HOUSE BILL NO. 35                                                             
 "An Act extending the termination date of the Alaska regional                 
 economic assistance program; and providing for an effective date."            
                                                                               
 CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 145(HES)                                                
 "An Act relating to certification of teachers."                               
                                                                               
 CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 152(HES)                                                
 "An Act regulating hospice care."                                             
                                                                               
 CS FOR HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 4(JUD)                                 
 Relating to records generated and maintained by the Department of             
 Health and Social Services.                                                   
                                                                               
 HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 22                                                 
 Relating to the maritime boundary between Alaska and the former               
 Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.                                          
                                                                               
 HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 34                                                 
 Relating to proposed regulations of the North Pacific Fishery                 
 Management Council creating a new discriminatory halibut fishery in           
 Alaska.                                                                       
                                                                               
 SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 15                                           
 Suspending Uniform Rules 24(c), 35, 41(b), and 42(e) of the Alaska            
 State Legislature concerning House Bill No. 152, relating to                  
 hospice care.                                                                 
                                                                               
 SENATE BILL NO. 11                                                            
 "An Act relating to state aid for school construction debt; and               
 providing for an effective date."                                             
                                                                               
 SENATE BILL NO. 162                                                           
 "An Act relating to payment of minimum wages to tipped employees;             
 and providing for an effective date."                                         
                                                                               
 SENATE BILL NO. 169                                                           
 "An Act relating to an exemption from the requirement for payment             
 for overtime under a voluntary work hour plan for work performed by           
 employees at certain mines; and providing for an effective date."             
                                                                               
 SENATE BILL NO. 178                                                           
 "An Act giving notice of and approving a lease-purchase agreement             
 by the Department of Administration for an office building in                 
 Anchorage; relating to the financing of the lease-purchase                    
 agreement; and providing for an effective date."                              
                                                                               
 SENATE BILL NO. 189                                                           
 "An Act relating to eligibility for and default, collection, and              
 repayment of student loans; relating to non-renewal of certain                
 occupational licenses for default on a student loan; and providing            
 for an effective date."                                                       
                                                                               
  PREVIOUS SENATE COMMITTEE ACTION                                             
                                                                               
 HB  35 - See Community & Regional Affairs minutes dated 3/7/97.               
      Finance report 5/1/97.                                                   
                                                                               
 HB 145 - See Senate Health, Education & Social Services minutes               
          dated 4/9/97.                                                        
      Finance report 4/25/97.                                                  
                                                                               
 HB 152 - Finance report 4/30/97.                                              
                                                                               
 HCR  4 - See Senate Judiciary Committee minutes dated 4/25/97.                
      Finance report 4/30/97.                                                  
                                                                               
 HJR 22 - See Resources minutes dated 4/25/97 and 4/28/97.                     
                                                                               
 HJR 34 - See Resource Committee minutes dated 4/25/97 and 4/28/97.            
                                                                               
 SCR 15 - No previous action to record.                                        
                                                                               
 SB  11 - See Senate Health, Education & Social Services minutes               
          dated 2/26/97, 3/21/97, and 3/24/97.                                 
      Finance report 5/2/97.                                                   
                                                                               
 SB 162 - See Labor and Commerce minutes dated 4/10/97 and 4/15/97.            
                                                                               
 SB 169 - See Labor and Commerce minutes dated 4/15/97 and 4/17/97.            
                                                                               
 SB 178 - Finance report 5/2/97.                                               
                                                                               
 SB 189 - See Senate Health, Education & Social Services minutes               
          dated 4/30/97.                                                       
      Finance report 5/2/97.                                                   
  WITNESS REGISTER                                                             
                                                                               
 Ben Brown, Staff to Senator Tim Kelly                                         
 State Capitol                                                                 
 Juneau, AK 99801-1182                                                         
  POSITION STATEMENT:   Explained amendment to CSHB 152(HES)                   
                                                                               
  ACTION NARRATIVE                                                             
  TAPE 97-6, SIDE A                                                            
                                                                               
  CHAIRMAN LEMAN  called the Senate Rules Committee meeting to order           
 at 3:22 p.m., and noted the presence of Senators Miller, Torgerson,           
 Duncan, Taylor and Leman.                                                     
                                                                               
  SENATOR TORGERSON  moved  HB 35  (EXTEND REG. ECONOMIC ASST PROGRAM)         
 be approved for calendaring at the discretion of the Chair.                   
 Hearing no objection, it was so ordered.                                      
                                                                               
  SENATOR TORGERSON  moved  CSHB 145(HES)  (TEACHERS: CERTIFICATION &          
 EXAMS) be approved for calendaring at the discretion of the Chair.            
 Hearing no objection, it was so ordered.                                      
                                                                               
  SENATOR TORGERSON  moved  CSHCR 4(JUD)  (DHSS RECORDS FOR DELINQUENTS        
 & CINA) be approved for calendaring at the discretion of the Chair.           
 Hearing no objection, it was so ordered.                                      
                                                                               
  SENATOR TORGERSON  moved  HJR 22  (ALASKA/RUSSIA MARITIME BOUNDARY)        
 approved for calendaring at the discretion of the Chair.  Hearing             
 no objection, it was so ordered.                                              
                                                                               
  SENATOR TORGERSON  moved  HJR 34  (NPFMC PROPOSED REGS FOR HALIBUT           
 FISHERY) be approved for calendaring at the discretion of the                 
 Chair.  Hearing no objection, it was so ordered.                              
                                                                               
  SENATOR TORGERSON  moved  SCR 15  (UNIFORM RULE TITLE CHANGE HB 152)         
 be approved for calendaring at the discretion of the Chair.                   
 Hearing no objection, it was so ordered.                                      
                                                                               
  SENATOR TORGERSON  moved  SB 11  (SCHOOL DEBT REIMBURSEMENT) be              
 approved for calendaring at the discretion of the Chair.  Hearing             
 no objection, it was so ordered.                                              
                                                                               
  SENATOR TORGERSON  moved  SB 189  (EDUC.LOAN REPAYMNT\ELIG.; OCC.            
 LIC.) be approved for calendaring at the discretion of the Chair.             
 Hearing no objection, it was so ordered.                                      
                                                                               
  CHAIRMAN LEMAN  brought  CSHB 152(HES)  (RELATING TO HOSPICE CARE)           
 before the committee.                                                         
                                                                               
  SENATOR TORGERSON  moved the following amendment to CSHB 152(HES):           
                                                                               
 Amendment No. 1                                                             
                                                                               
 Page 7, following line 5:  Insert a new subsection to read:                   
   "(n)  A hospice program may not use a direct service                        
 provider whose name is listed on an abuse registry maintained by              
 the Department of Commerce and Economic Development, division of              
 occupational licensing.  A hospice program shall contact the                  
 division for a determination of whether a prospective direct                  
 service provider's names is on an abuse registry maintained by the            
 division and may not allow the person to provide hospice services             
 until the division has responded to the inquiry.  The Department of           
 Commerce and Economic Development may adopt regulations to                    
 implement this subsection."                                                   
                                                                               
  BEN BROWN , staff to Senator Tim Kelly, explained the amendment adds         
 a requirement that certified or professional hospice programs have            
 to consult with the Division of Occupational Licensing to ensure              
 that potential staff do not appear in name on the abuse registry              
 maintained by that division.   He said the requirement has a zero             
 fiscal impact.                                                                
                                                                               
 Hearing no objection to the adoption of the amendment,  CHAIRMAN              
 LEMAN  stated Amendment No. 1 was adopted and would be incorporated           
 into a Rules SCS.                                                             
                                                                               
  SENATOR TORGERSON  moved SCS CSHB 152(RLS) be approved for                   
 calendaring at the discretion of the Chair.  Hearing no objection,            
 it was so ordered.                                                            
                                                                               
  SENATOR TORGERSON  moved  SB 162  (MINIMUM WAGE FOR TIPPED EMPLOYEES)        
 be approved for calendaring at the discretion of the Chair.                   
  SENATOR DUNCAN  objected.   There being no further objections,               
  CHAIRMAN LEMAN  stated the calendaring motion carried on a 4-1 vote.         
  SENATOR TORGERSON  moved  SB 169  (VOLUNTARY FLEX TIME FOR MINES) be         
 approved for calendaring at the discretion of the Chair.   SENATOR            
 DUNCAN  objected.  There being no further objections,  CHAIRMAN LEMAN         
 stated the calendaring motion carried on a 4-1 vote.                          
                                                                               
  SENATOR MILLER  moved  SB 178  (ANCHORAGE OFFICE BUILDING) be approve        
 for calendaring at the discretion of the Chair.   SENATOR DUNCAN              
 objected.                                                                     
                                                                               
  SENATOR TAYLOR  voiced his objection and his concern that the                
 legislation was even before the committee, and he questioned if an            
 RFP was put out for the purchase of a building.   SENATOR TORGERSON           
 responded that there was not an RFP.   SENATOR TAYLOR  commented that         
 he has concern when the public process isn't involved.   SENATOR              
 TORGERSON  added that the state entered into negotiations with the            
 Frontier Building for renewal of its lease and also its possible              
 purchase, however, negotiations broke off relatively quickly.  At             
 about the same time, the Bank of America building came up for                 
 purchase and the state began negotiations for its purchase.                   
                                                                               
  CHAIRMAN LEMAN  requested a roll call vote on the calendaring                
 motion.  Senators Miller, Torgerson and Leman voted "Yea" and                 
 Senators Duncan and Taylor voted "Nay."   CHAIRMAN LEMAN  stated the          
 calendaring motion carried on a 3-2 vote.                                     
                                                                               
 There being no further business to come before the committee, the             
 meeting adjourned at 3:31 p.m.                                                
                                                                               

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