Legislature(2001 - 2002)

02/22/2001 10:50 AM RLS

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                     ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                   
                      SENATE RULES COMMITTEE                                                                                  
                         February 22, 2001                                                                                      
                            10:50 a.m.                                                                                          
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
Senator Drue Pearce, Chair                                                                                                      
Senator John Cowdery, Vice Chair                                                                                                
Senator Randy Phillips                                                                                                          
Senator Gene Therriault                                                                                                         
Senator Johnny Ellis                                                                                                            
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
All Members Present                                                                                                             
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
SENATE BILL NO. 16                                                                                                              
"An Act  regarding oil  discharge prevention  and cleanup  involving                                                            
self-propelled  nontank  vessels   exceeding  400  gross  registered                                                            
tonnage  and   railroad  tank  cars   and  related  facilities   and                                                            
operations  and  requiring  preparation  and implementation  of  oil                                                            
discharge contingency  plans for those nontank vessels  and railroad                                                            
tank  cars;  amending  the  definition  of  'response  action'  that                                                            
relates  to releases  or  threatened  releases  of oil  and  thereby                                                            
amending the duties and  liabilities of response action contractors;                                                            
and authorizing compliance  verification for nontank vessels and for                                                            
trains and related  facilities and operations; and  providing for an                                                            
effective date."                                                                                                                
     -ADOPTED SENATE RULES CS AND APPROVED FOR CALENDARING                                                                      
CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 19(HES)                                                                                                  
"An Act relating  to federal child support enforcement  requirements                                                            
regarding  social  security  number  information,  employer  reports                                                            
about employees,  and certain kinds of automated data  matching with                                                            
financial institutions;  repealing  the termination date  of changes                                                            
made by  ch. 87, SLA 1997,  and ch. 132,  SLA 1998, regarding  child                                                            
support   enforcement   and   related   programs;    repealing   the                                                            
nonseverability   provision   of  ch.  132,   SLA  1998;   repealing                                                            
uncodified  laws relating  to ch.  87, SLA  1997, and  ch. 132,  SLA                                                            
1998; and providing for an effective date."                                                                                     
     -APPROVED FOR CALENDARING                                                                                                  
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
SB 19 - See Resources  minutes dated 1/24/01 and HESS  minutes dated                                                            
1/29/01 and 2/5/01.                                                                                                             
SB 16 - See Resources minutes dated 1/17/01 and 1/22/01.                                                                        
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
Ms. Barbara Miklos, Director                                                                                                    
Child Support Enforcement Division                                                                                              
Department of Revenue                                                                                                           
550 W 7th Ave., Suite 310                                                                                                       
Anchorage, AK  99501                                                                                                            
POSITION STATEMENT: Gave a brief explanation of CSSB 19(HES)                                                                  
Mr. Kevin Shores                                                                                                                
Department of Law                                                                                                               
PO Box 110300                                                                                                                   
Juneau, AK  99811-0300                                                                                                          
POSITION STATEMENT:  Explained Section 14 of CSSB 19(HES)                                                                     
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
TAPE 01-2, SIDE A                                                                                                             
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CHAIRMAN DRUE  PEARCE called the Senate  Rules Committee  meeting to                                                          
order  at  10:50  a.m.  Present  were Senators   Cowdery,  Phillips,                                                            
Therriault and  Pearce.  The first order of business  to come before                                                            
the committee was SB 19.                                                                                                        
            SB  19-CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT/SOC SEC. #                                                                     
SENATOR PHILLIPS  said he  wanted assurance  that all of the  repeal                                                            
sections  should  be  included  in  the  bill.    He  asked  for  an                                                            
explanation of Section 14.                                                                                                      
MS.  BARBARA  MIKLOS, Director  of  the  Child  Support Enforcement                                                             
Division (CSED),  said the repeals in Section 14 are  the repeals of                                                            
the original sunsets  on the first bill.  Sections  1 through 13 put                                                            
new sunsets  on the language pertaining  to social security  and the                                                            
financial  data match.  She  noted she does  not understand  the one                                                            
that refers to canned salmon.                                                                                                   
MR.  KEVIN  SHORES, Human  Services  Division,  Department  of  Law,                                                            
explained that  two child support laws were passed;  Chapter 87, SLA                                                            
1997  and  Chapter  132,  SLA  1998.    Those  were   the  principal                                                            
legislative  vehicles in which federal  welfare reform requirements                                                             
were implemented  in the state.  Those  two pieces of law  contained                                                            
sunset provisions.    The primary effect of Section  14 is to repeal                                                            
those sunset provisions.   He noted that according  to the sectional                                                            
analysis, a  portion of that section  refers to Senator Austerman's                                                             
canned  salmon  processor  reporting bill.    He believes  that  was                                                            
included because  changes were made  to the canned salmon  reporting                                                            
requirement law independent  of the child support provisions.  Those                                                            
involved with  the canned salmon reporting  requirement do  not want                                                            
those changes to sunset.                                                                                                        
SENATOR ELLIS moved to  calendar all versions of SB 19.  There being                                                            
no objection, the motion carried.                                                                                               
CHAIR  PEARCE announced  that before  the committee  was a  proposed                                                            
Senate Rules committee  substitute for SB  16-OIL  DISCH PREVENTION:                                                            
NONTANK  VESSELS/RR.     It  incorporates  changes   made  in  House                                                            
committees  to the companion bill,  HB 55.  She asked Pat  Carter to                                                            
explain the changes.                                                                                                            
SENATOR COWDERY moved to  adopt CSSB 16(RLS) as the working document                                                            
of the committee (Version  J).  There being no objection, the motion                                                            
MR.  PAT  CARTER,  legislative  aide  to  Senator  Pearce,  informed                                                            
committee  members that  the House  adopted a letter  of intent  and                                                            
incorporated  it into Section  1 of the bill.   The intent  was that                                                            
the  recommendations  that  the task  force  came  up with  for  the                                                            
negotiated  rule   making  with  the  Department  of  Environmental                                                             
Conservation (DEC)  would be used for the rule making  process.  The                                                            
intent of  adopting CSSB  16(RLS) is  to make SB  16 similar  to the                                                            
House version  so that it does not  have to come back to  the Senate                                                            
for concurrence.   He  pointed out  none of the  task force  members                                                            
SENATOR  COWDERY moved  to calendar  CSSB 16(RLS).   There being  no                                                            
objection, the motion carried.                                                                                                  
There being no further business to come before the committee,                                                                   
CHAIR PEARCE adjourned the meeting at 10:57 a.m.                                                                                

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