Legislature(2001 - 2002)

05/07/2002 11:55 AM RLS

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                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                    
                     SENATE RULES COMMITTEE                                                                                   
                           May 7, 2002                                                                                          
                           11:55 a.m.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Randy Phillips, Chair                                                                                                   
Senator John Cowdery, Vice Chair                                                                                                
Senator Rick Halford                                                                                                            
Senator Gene Therriault                                                                                                         
Senator Johnny Ellis                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
None                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                              
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 363(STA)                                                                                                 
"An Act relating to communications  and elections, to reporting of                                                              
contributions and expenditures, and  to campaign misconduct in the                                                              
second   degree;  relating   to  disclosure   by  individuals   of                                                              
contributions  to  candidates;  and  providing  for  an  effective                                                              
date."                                                                                                                          
     APPROVED FOR CALENDARING                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 370                                                                                                             
"An  Act  establishing   procedures  relating   to  constitutional                                                              
conventions."                                                                                                                   
     APPROVED FOR CALENDARING                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 397(STA)                                                                                                  
"An  Act  exempting  a  person  driving  certain  motor  vehicles,                                                              
aircraft, or  watercraft from  driver licensing requirements;  and                                                              
providing for an effective date."                                                                                               
          SCHEDULED BUT NOT HEARD                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SB 363 - See State Affairs minutes dated 4/23/02 and 5/4/02.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SB 370 - See State Affairs minutes dated 5/2/02.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
HB 397 - See Transportation minutes dated 4/16/02 and 4/30/02.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
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CHAIRMAN RANDY PHILLIPS called the  Senate Rules Committee meeting                                                            
to order  at 11:55 a.m. All  members were present.   The committee                                                              
first took up SB 363.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  THERRIAULT  moved  to calendar  SB  363-CAMPAIGN  FINANCE                                                          
PROVISIONS  and  its  attached  fiscal   note  at  the  Chairman's                                                          
discretion.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CHAIRMAN  PHILLIPS announced  that with  no objection, the  motion                                                              
carried.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR THERRIAULT  moved and asked unanimous consent  to calendar                                                              
SB 370-CONSTITUTIONAL  CONVENTION  PROCEDURES and  its two  fiscal                                                          
notes at the Chairman's discretion.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  ELLIS objected  for the  purpose of  discussion. He  then                                                              
asked why  the default  location  is the University  of Alaska  in                                                              
Fairbanks.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR   THERRIAULT   answered  it   is   because  the   original                                                              
constitutional  convention was  called in  Fairbanks.   Background                                                              
information  shows  that  the  framers  wanted it  to  take  place                                                              
outside of Juneau,  the regular seat of politics.  The entire plan                                                              
currently  defaults to  the call  as  it was  originally made.  He                                                              
added  that is  the  default so  the  legislature  can choose  the                                                              
location and method of election next year.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR ELLIS withdrew his objection.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS  announced that with no objection,  SB 370 would                                                              
be calendared.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
The committee took up HB 397-EXEMPTIONS FROM DRIVER'S LICENSING.                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR ELLIS  noted that Chairman  Phillips' announcement  on the                                                              
Senate floor did not include HB 397.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS said his earlier announcement did.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR ELLIS said  he would have preferred that  the Chairman had                                                              
announced the specific  items to be dealt with so  that the public                                                              
could stay informed.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS announced that he would hold HB 397 until the                                                                 
following day.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
There being no further business to come before the committee,                                                                   
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS adjourned the meeting at 12:00 noon.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                

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