Legislature(1995 - 1996)

03/07/1995 03:40 PM STA

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               SENATE STATE AFFAIRS COMMITTEE                                
                          March 7, 1995                                        
                           3:40 p.m.                                           
                                                                               
  MEMBERS PRESENT                                                              
                                                                               
 Senator Bert Sharp, Chairman                                                  
 Senator Randy Phillips, Vice-Chairman                                         
 Senator Loren Leman                                                           
                                                                               
  MEMBERS ABSENT                                                               
                                                                               
 Senator Jim Duncan                                                            
 Senator Dave Donley                                                           
                                                                               
  COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                           
                                                                               
 SENATE BILL NO. 85                                                            
 "An Act making corrective amendments to the Alaska Statutes as                
 recommended by the revisor of statutes; and providing for an                  
 effective date."                                                              
                                                                               
 SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 15                                                
 Proposing amendments to the Constitution of the State of Alaska               
 requiring a runoff election when the candidates for governor and              
 lieutenant governor obtaining the greatest number of votes at the             
 general election do not receive more than 50 percent of the votes             
 cast, and changing the term of office of the governor and the                 
 lieutenant governor.                                                          
                                                                               
  PREVIOUS SENATE COMMITTEE ACTION                                             
                                                                               
 SB 85 - No previous senate committee action.                                  
                                                                               
 SJR 15 - No previous senate committee action.                                 
  WITNESS REGISTER                                                             
                                                                               
 Pamela Finley, Assistant Revisor of Statutes                                  
 Legislative Legal Services                                                    
 130 Seward St., Ste. 313, Juneau, AK 99801-2197¶465-2450                      
   POSITION STATEMENT: testified on SB 85                                      
                                                                               
 Josh Fink, Aide                                                               
 Senator Tim Kelly                                                             
 State Capitol, Juneau, Alaska, 99801-1182¶465-3822                            
   POSITION STATEMENT: prime sponsor of SJR 15                                 
                                                                               
 David Koivuniemi, Acting Director                                             
 Division of Elections                                                         
 P.O. Box 110017, Juneau, AK 99811-0017¶465-4611                               
   POSITION STATEMENT: testified on SJR 15                                     
                                                                               
  ACTION NARRATIVE                                                             
                                                                               
 TAPE 95-9, SIDE A                                                             
                                                                               
 Number 001                                                                    
 SSTA - 3/7/95                                                                 
                                                                               
                  SB  85 1995 REVISOR'S BILL                                 
                                                                               
 CHAIRMAN SHARP calls the Senate State Affairs Committee to order at           
 3:40 p.m. and brings up SB 85 as the first order of business before           
 the committee.  The chairman calls the first witness.                         
                                                                               
 Number 023                                                                    
                                                                               
 PAM FINLEY, Assistant Revisor of Statutes, Legislative Legal                  
 Services, asks if anyone has any questions on the bill.                       
 Number 030                                                                    
                                                                               
 SENATOR RANDY PHILLIPS asks if there are any "hookers" in the bill.           
                                                                               
 MS. FINLEY responds that, as far as she knows, there is nothing in            
 the bill that would matter to anybody.                                        
                                                                               
 Number 054                                                                    
                                                                               
 SENATOR LEMAN notes that on page 5, line 12, "conclusive therapy"             
 is being changed to "convulsive therapy."                                     
                                                                               
 MS. FINLEY responds no one had ever heard of "conclusive therapy".            
                                                                               
 SENATOR LEMAN asks Ms. Finley if she has ever heard of conclusive             
 legislative sessions.                                                         
                                                                               
 SENATOR RANDY PHILLIPS remarks they might be convulsive.                      
                                                                               
 MS. FINLEY thinks the statute should have read "convulsive                    
 therapy", instead of "conclusive therapy."                                    
                                                                               
 Number 075                                                                    
                                                                               
 CHAIRMAN SHARP announces that there are some proposed amendments,             
 and it is his intent to amend the bill and move it out as a                   
 committee substitute.                                                         
                                                                               
 Number 080                                                                    
                                                                               
 SENATOR RANDY PHILLIPS moves amendment #1 to SB 85.                           
                                                                               
 (A sectional analysis on SB 85, all amendments to SB 85, and                  
 memorandums explaining the amendments have been submitted to the              
 committee by Ms. Finley from Legislative Legal Services.)                     
 CHAIRMAN SHARP, hearing no objection, states amendment #1 has been            
 adopted.                                                                      
                                                                               
 Number 100                                                                    
                                                                               
 SENATOR RANDY PHILLIPS moves amendment #2 to SB 85                            
                                                                               
 CHAIRMAN SHARP, hearing no objection, states amendment #2 has been            
 adopted.                                                                      
                                                                               
 Number 140                                                                    
                                                                               
 SENATOR RANDY PHILLIPS moves amendment #3 to SB 85                            
                                                                               
 CHAIRMAN SHARP, hearing no objection, states amendment #3 has been            
 adopted.                                                                      
                                                                               
 Number 160                                                                    
                                                                               
 SENATOR RANDY PHILLIPS moves amendment #4 to SB 85.                           
                                                                               
 CHAIRMAN SHARP, hearing no objection, states amendment #4 has been            
 adopted.                                                                      
                                                                               
 Number 175                                                                    
                                                                               
 SENATOR RANDY PHILLIPS moves amendment #5 to SB 85.                           
                                                                               
 CHAIRMAN SHARP, hearing no objection, states amendment #5 has been            
 adopted.                                                                      
                                                                               
 Number 205                                                                    
                                                                               
 SENATOR LEMAN asks for an at ease to discuss possible additional              
 amendments to SB 85.                                                          
 Number 210-235                                                                
                                                                               
 The committee is at ease.                                                     
                                                                               
 Number 235                                                                    
                                                                               
 SENATOR LEMAN states he will wait until the bill is heard in the              
 Senate Judiciary Committee before proposing his amendment.                    
                                                                               
 SENATOR RANDY PHILLIPS states for the record, he is going to                  
 propose an amendment to SB 85 when the bill is heard in the Senate            
 Judiciary Committee regarding the name change of the Arctic Winter            
 Games.                                                                        
                                                                               
 Number 248                                                                    
                                                                               
 SENATOR RANDY PHILLIPS makes a motion to discharge SB 85 from the             
 Senate State Affairs Committee with individual recommendations.               
                                                                               
 CHAIRMAN SHARP, hearing no objection, orders SB 85 released from              
 committee with individual recommendations.                                    
 SSTA - 3/7/95                                                                 
                                                                               
          SJR 15 GOV & LT GOV MUST RECEIVE 50 % VOTE                         
                                                                               
 SENATOR SHARP brings up SJR 15 as the next order of business before           
 the Senate State Affairs Committee and calls the first witness.               
                                                                               
 Number 259                                                                    
                                                                               
 JOSH FINK, Aide to Senator Kelly, prime sponsor of SJR 15, reads              
 the sponsor statement for the bill to the committee.                          
                                                                               
 Number 295                                                                    
                                                                               
 SENATOR RANDY PHILLIPS asks Mr. Fink for clarification of how SJR
 15 would affect write-in candidates.                                          
                                                                               
 MR. FINK responds write-in candidates would not be allowed in a               
 run-off election, because the state could end up with no candidate            
 receiving at least 50% of the votes cast in the election, and we              
 could end up back where we started.                                           
                                                                               
 SENATOR RANDY PHILLIPS states he would not want to prevent a write-           
 in candidate who came in first or second in a primary or general              
 election to be excluded from the run-off election.                            
                                                                               
 Number 330                                                                    
                                                                               
 DAVID KOIVUNIEMI, Acting Director, Division of Elections, states he           
 is available to answer questions.  He informs the committee that if           
 SJR 15 passes, there will need to be enabling legislation passed in           
 order to comply with the deadlines set in the resolution.  If SJR
 15 had been in effect, the state would have had a run-off election            
 every election after 1970.                                                    
                                                                               
 Number 354                                                                    
                                                                               
 CHAIRMAN SHARP thinks the Louisiana system would be a better                  
 system.  In Louisiana, any candidate who gets over 50% in the                 
 primary wins the election and the race is over.  If no candidate              
 gets over 50%, the two highest vote getters face off in the general           
 election.  It could be two candidates of the same party, too.                 
                                                                               
 Number 361                                                                    
                                                                               
 SENATOR LEMAN comments a person could win a run-off election by               
 fewer votes than they received in the general election, since there           
 is generally a smaller turn out in run-off elections.                         
                                                                               
 SENATOR RANDY PHILLIPS makes a motion to discharge SJR 15 from the            
 Senate State Affairs Committee with individual recommendations.               
                                                                               
 CHAIRMAN SHARP, hearing no objection, orders SJR 15 released from             
 committee with individual recommendations.                                    
                                                                               
 CHAIRMAN SHARP adjourns the Senate State Affairs Committee meeting            
 at 4:11 p.m.                                                                  
                                                                               

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