Legislature(2001 - 2002)

03/04/2002 10:42 AM RLS

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                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                    
                     SENATE RULES COMMITTEE                                                                                   
                          March 4, 2002                                                                                         
                           10:42 a.m.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Randy Phillips, Chair                                                                                                   
Senator John Cowdery, Vice Chair                                                                                                
Senator Rick Halford                                                                                                            
Senator Gene Therriault                                                                                                         
Senator Johnny Ellis                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
All Members Present                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                              
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 266                                                                                                             
"An Act authorizing the commissioner of community and economic                                                                  
development to refinance and extend the term of a fishery                                                                       
enhancement loan."                                                                                                              
     APPROVED FOR CALENDARING                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 337                                                                                                             
"An Act relating to eligibility for an exemption from municipal                                                                 
property taxes for certain seniors and disabled veterans."                                                                      
     APPROVED FOR CALENDARING                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS SENATE COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
SB 266 - See Labor and Commerce minutes dated 2/14/02, Resources                                                                
minutes dated 2/25/02                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
SB 337 - No previous action to record.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Deborah Grundmann                                                                                                           
Staff to Senator Ben Stevens                                                                                                    
Alaska State Capitol                                                                                                            
Juneau, AK  99801-1182                                                                                                          
POSITION STATEMENT:  Answered questions about SB 266                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Marilyn Wilson                                                                                                              
Staff to Senator Donley                                                                                                         
Alaska State Capitol                                                                                                            
Juneau, AK  99801-1182                                                                                                          
POSITION STATEMENT:  Answered questions about SB 337                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
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CHAIRMAN RANDY PHILLIPS called the  Senate Rules Committee meeting                                                            
to order at  10:42 a.m. Senators Cowdery, Therriault  and Phillips                                                              
were present.  The committee took up SB 266.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR   COWDERY  asked   if  the  purpose   of  SB   266-FISHERY                                                          
ENHANCEMENT  LOANS is  to allow  refinancing at  a lower  interest                                                          
rate.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MS. DEBORAH  GRUNDMANN, staff to  Senator Ben Stevens,  sponsor of                                                              
SB 266, stated  that is correct; it will allow  fish hatcheries to                                                              
take advantage  of lower  interest rates  by refinancing  existing                                                              
loans.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR COWDERY  moved to  approve SB 266  for calendaring  at the                                                              
Chairman's discretion.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS  announced that with  no objection, SB  266 will                                                              
be placed on today's calendar.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR THERRIAULT  asked, in relation  to SB 337-ELIGIBILITY  FOR                                                          
MUNICIPAL TAX  EXEMPTION, if a person  who is out of state  for an                                                          
allowable absence under the permanent  fund dividend program would                                                              
qualify for the municipal tax exemption.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MS. MARILYN  WILSON, staff to Senator  Donley, sponsor of  SB 337,                                                              
explained  that  SB 337  allows  municipalities  to use  the  same                                                              
criteria for  allowable absences  for the permanent  fund dividend                                                              
for a municipal tax exemption.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR THERRIAULT asked if both  the eligibility requirements and                                                              
allowable absences would be the same.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MS. WILSON said that is her understanding.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR THERRIAULT  asked if a person is out-of-state  for medical                                                              
services  not  available  in-state   could  apply  and  receive  a                                                              
dividend.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MS. WILSON said that is correct.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR THERRIAULT asked if this requirement applies only if a                                                                  
municipality decides to require it.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MS. WILSON said that is correct.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR COWDERY moved to calendar SB 337 at the Chairman's                                                                      
discretion.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS noted that with no objection, SB 337 will be                                                                  
calendared today. There being no further business to come before                                                                
the committee, he adjourned the meeting at 10:46 a.m.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                

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