Legislature(2001 - 2002)

03/20/2001 10:48 AM RLS

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                     ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                   
                      SENATE RULES COMMITTEE                                                                                  
                          March 20, 2001                                                                                        
                            10:48 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. 64                                                                                                              
"An Act relating  to the award of  a high school diploma  to certain                                                            
World War II veterans."                                                                                                         
     APPROVED FOR CALENDARING                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 65                                                                                                              
"An Act requiring  a study to determine  if gender is a determinant                                                             
in state employee compensation."                                                                                                
     APPROVED FOR CALENDARING                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 99                                                                                                              
"An Act relating to the DNA identification registration system."                                                                
     APPROVED FOR CALENDARING                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 105                                                                                                             
"An Act  relating to victims'  rights; relating  to establishing  an                                                            
office of victims'  rights; relating  to compensation of  victims of                                                            
violent  crimes;  relating  to  eligibility  for  a  permanent  fund                                                            
dividend  for persons  convicted  of  and incarcerated  for  certain                                                            
offenses; relating  to notice of appropriations concerning  victims'                                                            
rights; amending  Rule 16, Alaska Rules of Criminal  Procedure, Rule                                                            
9,  Alaska  Delinquency  Rules,   and  Rule  501,  Alaska  Rules  of                                                            
Evidence; and providing for an effective date."                                                                                 
     APPROVED FOR CALENDARING                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 112                                                                                                             
"An Act placing certain  employees of the Alaska Mental Health Trust                                                            
Authority in the  exempt service; establishing a minimum  salary for                                                            
the long term care ombudsman;  and providing for an effective date."                                                            
     APPROVED FOR CALENDARING                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SB 64  - See HESS  minutes dated  2/07/01 and  Finance Report  dated                                                            
2/26/01.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SB 65 - See State  Affairs minutes dated 2/13/01 and  Finance Report                                                            
dated 3/13/01.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SB 99  - See  Judiciary  minutes dated  2/28/01  and Finance  report                                                            
dated 3/14/01.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SB 105  - See Judiciary  minutes  dated 2/28/01  and Finance  Report                                                            
dated 3/14/01.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SB 112  - See HESS minutes  dated 2/28/01  and Finance Report  dated                                                            
3/15/01.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Senator Dave Donley                                                                                                             
Alaska State Capitol                                                                                                            
Juneau, AK  99801-1182                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
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CHAIRWOMAN DRUE PEARCE  called the Senate Rules Committee meeting to                                                          
order at 10:48 a.m. All members were present.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIRWOMAN PEARCE  said that SB  64-HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA  FOR CERTAIN                                                        
WWII VETS is a Governor's bill with a zero fiscal note.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR PHILLIPS  moved to  calendar CSSB 64(FIN).   There  being no                                                            
objection, the motion carried.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
CHAIRWOMAN PEARCE  noted that Senator Donley, sponsor  of SB  65-PAY                                                        
EQUITY FOR STATE EMPLOYEES, was available to answer questions.                                                              
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  THERRIAULT  asked Senator  Donley  to outline  the  changes                                                            
between  the  Senate State  Affairs  Committee  and  Senate  Finance                                                            
Committee substitutes.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR DAVE DONLEY  explained that the $500,000 is  not locked in -                                                            
that amount  will be determined  by the $50,000  study.  The  amount                                                            
may be  $80 million,  which is  what contractors  from other  states                                                            
have  estimated.   He noted  that since  the fiscal  notes are  only                                                            
locked in for the first  year, the real impact will be $50,000.  The                                                            
rest  is a "guestimate"  from  the Department.   He  noted that  the                                                            
Senate Finance  Committee  clarified, in  its committee substitute,                                                             
that the study  is to focus on equal pay for equal  work, and not on                                                            
comparable work.   Both federal and state law require  equal pay for                                                            
equal work.  The  bill will make sure that, for example,  two people                                                            
doing  janitorial  work with  different  job  titles,  are not  paid                                                            
differently because one job title is gender dominated.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR ELLIS  moved to calendar SB  65.  There being no  objection,                                                            
the motion carried.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
CHAIRWOMAN  PEARCE  brought  SB   99-DNA  REGISTRATION  OF  BURGLARS                                                        
before the committee  again and asked committee members  if they had                                                            
further questions.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
There being no further  questions, SENATOR COWDERY moved to calendar                                                            
SB 99.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR ELLIS  objected.  The motion to calendar SB  99 carried with                                                            
Senators  Cowdery,  Therriault   and  Pearce  voting  in  favor  and                                                            
Senators Phillips and Ellis against.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  PHILLIPS   moved  to  calendar   SB  105-VICTIMS'   RIGHTS/                                                        
PRISONER'S PFD.  There being no objection, the motion carried.                                                              
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR   PHILLIPS  moved   to   calendar  SB   112-LONG-TERM   CARE                                                        
OMBUDSMAN;MENTAL  HLTH AUTH.  There  being no objection,  the motion                                                        
carried.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIRWOMAN  PEARCE announced the committee  would not meet  on March                                                            
21,  2001.   There being  no  further business  to  come before  the                                                            
committee, CHAIRWOMAN PEARCE adjourned the meeting at 10:54 a.m.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                

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