Legislature(2001 - 2002)

04/18/2001 10:50 AM RLS

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                     ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                   
                      SENATE RULES COMMITTEE                                                                                  
                          April 18, 2001                                                                                        
                            10:50 a.m.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator John Cowdery, Vice Chair                                                                                                
Senator Randy Phillips                                                                                                          
Senator Gene Therriault                                                                                                         
Senator Johnny Ellis                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Senator Drue Pearce, Chair (Excused)                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 123                                                                                                             
"An  Act  relating  to  legislative  approval  for  the  design  and                                                            
construction of facilities of the Alaska Railroad Corporation."                                                                 
     APPROVED FOR CALENDARING                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 166                                                                                                             
"An Act relating to the  time of filling by appointment a vacancy in                                                            
the office of United States senator."                                                                                           
     APPROVED FOR CALENDARING                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CS FOR SPONSOR SUBSTITUTE FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 13(JUD)                                                                            
"An Act relating to municipal  service areas and providing for voter                                                            
approval  of the formation,  alteration, or  abolishment of  certain                                                            
service areas."                                                                                                                 
     MOVED SCS CSSSHB 13(RLS) OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 118                                                                                                              
"An Act relating  to a mandatory exemption  from municipal  taxes on                                                            
certain residences; and providing for an effective date."                                                                       
     APPROVED FOR CALENDARING                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 22                                                                                                  
Proposing an  amendment to the Constitution  of the State  of Alaska                                                            
relating  to the  retention  elections for  justices  of the  Alaska                                                            
supreme court and judges of the superior court.                                                                                 
     SCHEDULED BUT NOT HEARD                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SB 123 - See Transportation minutes dated 3/22/01.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
SB 166 - See Judiciary minutes dated 4/9/01.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
HB 13 - See  Community and Regional  Affairs minutes dated  3/19/01.                                                            
See Judiciary minutes dated 4/2/01 and 4/9/01.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
HB 118 - See Community  and Regional Affairs minutes  dated 3/28/01.                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SJR 22 - See Judiciary minutes dated 4/2/01.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Bill Stoltz                                                                                                                     
Aide to Senator Halford                                                                                                         
Alaska State Capitol                                                                                                            
Juneau, AK  99801-1182                                                                                                          
POSITION STATEMENT:  Explained the changes made in SCS CSSSHB
13(RLS).                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
[NOTE:  NO RECORDING IS AVAILABLE FOR THIS MEETING]                                                                             
                                                                                                                              
VICE-CHAIRMAN  COWDERY called the Senate Rules Committee  meeting to                                                          
order at  10:50 a.m.   Present were Senators  Phillips, Therriault,                                                             
and  Cowdery.   The  first  order of  business  to come  before  the                                                            
committee was SB 123.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
          SB 123-LEGISLATIVE APPROVAL:RAILROAD FACILITIES                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR THERRIAULT  asked if a proposed  committee substitute  to SB
123 was before the committee.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MR.  PAT  CARTER,  committee  aide,   said  there  was  no  proposed                                                            
committee substitute.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  PHILLIPS  moved  to  calendar  SB  123.    There  being  no                                                            
objection, the motion carried.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
                 SB 166-APPOINTMENT OF US SENATORS                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR PHILLIPS moved to calendar SB 166.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR ELLIS objected.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
A roll call vote  was taken.  The motion to calendar  SB 166 carried                                                            
with Senators  Phillips,  Therriault and Cowdery  voting "yea,"  and                                                            
Senator Ellis voting "nay."                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
           HB  13-SERVICE AREAS:VOTER APPROVAL/TAX ZONES                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR PHILLIPS  moved to adopt SCS  CSSSHB 13(RLS) as the  working                                                            
document before the committee.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR ELLIS  objected and asked for an explanation  of the changes                                                            
made in the committee substitute.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
MR. BILL  STOLTZ,  legislative aide  to Senator  Halford,  explained                                                            
that only one  change was made on  page 2, line 22, to the  language                                                            
that  relates  to exemptions  for  voter  approval of  fire  service                                                            
areas.   It adds a second  qualifier under  which voter approval  is                                                            
not required:  that is when the change would add no  more than 1,000                                                            
residents.   He noted that  change was added  at the request  of the                                                            
Chugiak Volunteer Fire Department.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR THERRIAULT  asked if  the change would  put a limitation  on                                                            
the 6 percent.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MR. STOLTZ said it keeps  the 6 percent limitation but adds another.                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR ELLIS  removed his objection to adopting SCS  CSSSHB 13(RLS)                                                            
as the working  document before the committee, therefore  the motion                                                            
carried.`                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR THERRIAULT again questioned the 6 percent figure.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  PHILLIPS  said that  provision  will  not affect  any  fire                                                            
service areas in Fairbanks.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MR.  STOLTZ informed  Senator  Therriault  that  the change  is  not                                                            
draconian.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR PHILLIPS  pointed out that Chugiak is close  to 6 percent so                                                            
adding another  qualifier of 1,000 residents adds  extra protection.                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MR.  STOLTZ added  that  this provision  is  similar  to the  police                                                            
service area vote.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR PHILLIPS moved to calendar SCS CSSSHB 13(RLS).                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR ELLIS objected.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
The motion to calendar SCS CSSSHB 13(RLS) carried with Senators                                                                 
Phillips, Therriault and Cowdery voting "yea," and Senator Ellis                                                                
voting "nay."                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
          HB 118-SR. CIT./VETERAN PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR THERRIAULT moved to calendar HB 118.  There being no                                                                    
objection, the motion carried.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
There being no further business to come before the committee,                                                                   
CHAIRMAN COWDERY adjourned the meeting at 10:58 a.m.                                                                            

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