Legislature(1995 - 1996)

05/02/1996 09:05 AM STA

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               SENATE STATE AFFAIRS COMMITTEE                                
                           May 2, 1996                                         
                           9:05 a.m.                                           
                                                                               
  MEMBERS PRESENT                                                              
                                                                               
 Senator Bert Sharp, Chairman                                                  
 Senator Randy Phillips, Vice-Chairman                                         
 Senator Loren Leman                                                           
 Senator Jim Duncan                                                            
 Senator Dave Donley                                                           
                                                                               
    COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                         
                                                                               
 CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 198(STA)                                                
 "An Act relating to absences from the state for purposes of                   
 eligibility for permanent fund dividends to care for a terminally             
 ill parent, spouse, sibling, child, or stepchild; to care for a               
 parent, spouse, sibling, child, or stepchild with a critical                  
 life-threatening illness whose treatment plan, as recommended by              
 the attending physician, requires travel outside the state for                
 treatment at a medical specialty complex; and to settle the estate            
 of a deceased parent, spouse, sibling, child, or stepchild; and               
 providing for an effective date."                                             
                                                                               
 HOUSE BILL NO. 490                                                            
 "An Act relating to grants and other financial assistance                     
 authorized or made by the Alaska Science and Technology Foundation            
 for the BIDCO assistance program."                                            
                                                                               
 SPONSOR SUBSTITUTE FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 63                                      
 "An Act relating to special request licenses depicting the sport of           
 dog mushing."                                                                 
                                                                               
 HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 25 am                                         
 Declaring May 15, 1996, 381st Intelligence Squadron Logistics                 
 Division Day.                                                                 
                                                                               
 HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 61                                                 
 Opposing the proposed changes in the functions of the federal                 
 Office of Veterans Affairs in Anchorage.                                      
                                                                               
 SENATE CS FOR CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 359(L&C)                                  
 "An Act relating to the appointment and confirmation process for              
 members of certain boards, commissions, and similar bodies;                   
 relating to terms of certain appointees; and providing for an                 
 effective date."                                                              
                                                                               
 CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 249(L&C)                                                
 "An Act authorizing the McGrath Ice Classic."                                 
                                                                               
 CS FOR HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 20(STA)                                     
 Relating to unfunded federal mandates and the Conference of the               
 States.                                                                       
                                                                               
  PREVIOUS SENATE COMMITTEE ACTION                                             
                                                                               
 HB 198 - No previous Senate committee action.                                 
                                                                               
 HB 490 - No previous Senate committee action.                                 
                                                                               
 HB 63 - No previous Senate committee action.                                  
                                                                               
 HCR 25 - No previous Senate committee action.                                 
                                                                               
 HJR 61 - No previous Senate committee action.                                 
                                                                               
 HB 359 - See Labor & Commerce minutes dated 4/9/96 and 4/11/96.               
                                                                               
 HB 249 - No previous Senate committee action.                                 
                                                                               
 HJR 20 - See State Affairs minutes dated 4/6/95.                              
                                                                               
  WITNESS REGISTER                                                             
                                                                               
 Representative Kim Elton                                                      
 State Capitol, Juneau, AK 99801-1182¶(907)465-4947                            
   POSITION STATEMENT: prime sponsor of HB 198                                 
                                                                               
 Nanci A. Jones, Director                                                      
 Permanent Fund Dividend Division                                              
 Department of Revenue                                                         
 P.O. Box 110460, Juneau, AK 99811-0460¶(907)465-2323                          
   POSITION STATEMENT: testified on HB 198                                     
                                                                               
 Representative Bettye Davis                                                   
 State Capitol, Juneau, AK 99801-1182¶(907)465-3875                            
   POSITION STATEMENT: prime sponsor of HB 490                                 
                                                                               
 Jonathon Sperber, Aide                                                        
 Representative Bettye Davis                                                   
 State Capitol, Juneau, AK 99801-1182¶(907)465-3875                            
   POSITION STATEMENT: prime sponsor of HB 490                                 
                                                                               
 Jamie Kenworthy, Executive Director                                           
 Alaska Science & Technology Foundation                                        
 Department of Commerce & Economic Development                                 
 4500 Diplomacy Dr., #515, Anchorage, AK 99508-5918¶(907)272-4333              
   POSITION STATEMENT: supports HB 490                                         
                                                                               
 Representative John Davies                                                    
 State Capitol, Juneau, AK 99801-1182¶(907)465-4457                            
   POSITION STATEMENT: prime sponsor of HB 63                                  
                                                                               
 Noelle Brekke, Aide                                                           
 Representative Pete Kott, Co-Chairman                                         
 House Special Committee on Military & Veterans' Affairs                       
 State Capitol, Juneau, AK 99801-1182¶(907)465-3777                            
   POSITION STATEMENT: prime sponsor of HCR 25                                 
                                                                               
 Representative Ed Willis                                                      
 State Capitol, Juneau, AK 99801-1182¶(907)465-2199                            
   POSITION STATEMENT: prime sponsor of HJR 61                                 
                                                                               
 Representative Brian Porter                                                   
 State Capitol, Juneau, AK 99801-1182¶(907)465-4930                            
   POSITION STATEMENT: prime sponsor of HB 359                                 
                                                                               
 Lisa McLaren, Aide                                                            
 Representative Irene Nicholia                                                 
 State Capitol, Juneau, AK 99801-1182¶(907)465-4527                            
   POSITION STATEMENT: prime sponsor of HB 249                                 
                                                                               
 Dennis Poshard, Director                                                      
 Charitable Gaming Division                                                    
 Department of Revenue                                                         
 P.O. Box 110400, Juneau, AK 99811-0400¶(907)465-2229                          
   POSITION STATEMENT: testified on HB 249                                     
                                                                               
 Eleanor Roser, Aide                                                           
 Representative Ramona Barnes                                                  
 State Capitol, Juneau, AK 99801-1182¶(907)465-3438                            
   POSITION STATEMENT: prime sponsor of HJR 20                                 
                                                                               
  ACTION NARRATIVE                                                             
                                                                               
                                                                               
                HB 198 PFD ALLOWABLE ABSENCES                                
                                                                               
 TAPE 96-32, SIDE A                                                            
                                                                               
 Number 001                                                                    
                                                                               
 CHAIRMAN SHARP called the Senate State Affairs Committee to order             
 at 9:05 a.m. and brought up HB 198 as the first order of business             
 before the committee.  He called the prime sponsor to testify.                
                                                                               
 Number 033                                                                    
                                                                               
 REPRESENTATIVE KIM ELTON, prime sponsor of HB 198, stated the bill            
 would provide an excused absence for receiving a permanent fund               
 dividend under three circumstances:                                           
                                                                               
 1) to take care of a terminally ill immediate family member;                  
                                                                               
 2) to settle the estate of an immediate family member;                        
                                                                               
 3) to care for a family member with a life-threatening illness.               
                                                                               
 Number 060                                                                    
                                                                               
 NANCI A. JONES, Director, Permanent Fund Dividend Division,                   
 Department of Revenue, stated the division does not oppose HB 198,            
 but stated allowable absences do cause problems.  Ms. Jones gave a            
 handout to committee members showing that current allowable                   
 absences are selective and exclusionary, they are inequitable,                
 there are millions of dollars leaving the state, allowances are               
 very expensive for the division to administer, and there are                  
 constant requests for additional allowable absences.  For instance,           
 there is no provision for allowing people in private enterprise to            
 leave the state to work on products that will benefit Alaska.                 
 There is no allowable absence for VISTA Volunteers, but Peace Corps           
 Volunteers are allowed absence from the state - what is the                   
 difference between those two organizations?  There is no allowable            
 absence for organized missionary work.  Allowable absences are                
 exclusionary and do not address the big picture.  Ms. Jones                   
 informed committee members that on the second page of her handout             
 is a breakdown of the dividends which were distributed outside the            
 state, the largest percentage of which were sent to students.  Her            
 purpose in testifying this morning is to inform committee members             
 that providing for additional selective and exclusionary allowable            
 absences only addresses the needs of a few of our state's                     
 residents, instead of looking at the entire picture.                          
                                                                               
 Number 113                                                                    
                                                                               
 SENATOR RANDY PHILLIPS stated he has an amendment that would allow            
 absence for athletes participating in sanctioned sports.                      
                                                                               
 CHAIRMAN SHARP asked if athletes are gone for more than 180 days.             
                                                                               
 SENATOR RANDY PHILLIPS replied yes.  He offered the amendment.                
                                                                               
 Amendment by Senator Phillips:                                                
                                                                               
 Page 1, line 6:                                                               
  Delete "and"                                                                 
                                                                               
 Page 1, line 7, following "stepchild;":                                       
  Insert "and to participate on certain amateur athletic teams;"               
                                                                               
 Page 2, line 19:                                                              
  Delete "or"                                                                  
                                                                               
 Page 2, following line 23:                                                    
  Insert a new subparagraph to read:                                           
      "(K) to participate on an amateur athletic                               
   team as evidenced by the international federation or                        
   national governing body for that sport;"                                    
                                                                               
 CHAIRMAN SHARP stated he is concerned about the perception that               
 there are more serious things out there that should be exempted.              
                                                                               
 SENATOR DONLEY stated this amendment would require a title change.            
                                                                               
 SENATOR RANDY PHILLIPS replied he didn't think it would.                      
                                                                               
 SENATOR DONLEY stated it would require a title change, which would            
 require a resolution which would have to pass by a 2/3 vote.  It              
 would also open the bill wide up for any other proposals.                     
                                                                               
 CHAIRMAN SHARP stated he is not inclined to open the title up or              
 try to fight a title battle on the floor at this late date.  He               
 asked the secretary to call the role.                                         
                                                                               
 Senator Phillip's amendment failed by a vote of 1 yea, 3 nays, and            
 1 abstention.  Voting in favor of the amendment is Senator                    
 Phillips.  Voting against the amendment are Senators Leman, Duncan,           
 and Donley.  Abstaining from the vote is Senator Sharp.                       
                                                                               
 SENATOR DUNCAN made a motion to discharge HB 198 from the Senate              
 State Affairs Committee with individual recommendations.                      
                                                                               
 Number 200                                                                    
                                                                               
 CHAIRMAN SHARP, hearing no objection, stated HB 198 was discharged            
 from the Senate State Affairs Committee.                                      
                                                                               
                                                                               
             HB 490 FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO BIDCO                            
                                                                               
 CHAIRMAN SHARP brought up HB 490 as the next order of business                
 before the Senate State Affairs Committee.  He called the prime               
 sponsor to testify.                                                           
                                                                               
 Number 210                                                                    
                                                                               
 REPRESENTATIVE BETTYE DAVIS, prime sponsor of HB 490, stated her              
 aide would give testimony on the bill.                                        
                                                                               
 JONATHON SPERBER, Aide to Representative Bettye Davis, prime                  
 sponsor of HB 490, stated Jamie Kenworthy, Executive Director of              
 the Alaska Science & Technology Foundation, should be available on            
 teleconference to answer questions.  BIDCOs are business investment           
 development companies.  They are middle risk private sector                   
 financial institutions which provide emerging small and medium                
 sized businesses with financing, management support, and technical            
 assistance.  The primary goal of BIDCOs is to establish private               
 sector businesses that create jobs.                                           
                                                                               
 CHAIRMAN SHARP asked if there is a limit on the amount of the                 
 financial assistance.                                                         
                                                                               
 REPRESENTATIVE BETTYE DAVIS stated $3,000,000.00 is needed to fund            
 BIDCO.                                                                        
                                                                               
 CHAIRMAN SHARP asked if present statute sets a limit of                       
 $3,000,000.00.                                                                
                                                                               
 REPRESENTATIVE BETTYE DAVIS stated there is nothing in statute                
 limiting how much can go into BIDCOs eventually.  They need at                
 least $3,000,000.00, but more than that could go into it.                     
                                                                               
 CHAIRMAN SHARP stated he will pose that question to Mr. Kenworthy.            
 He does not want to give them a blank check.                                  
                                                                               
 MR. SPERBER stated that HB 490 would allow ASTF to supplement the             
 originally funded amount of $1,000,000.00 with earnings from that             
 money, or other earnings ASTF would have.  So the fiscal note truly           
 is zero for HB 490.  HB 490 would simply provide the mechanism for            
 ASTF to provide certain earnings to BIDCOs.                                   
                                                                               
 CHAIRMAN SHARP asked if that would occur through legislative                  
 appropriation.                                                                
                                                                               
 SENATOR DUNCAN noted that the fiscal note prepared by Mr. Kenworthy           
 indicates that there is no fiscal impact.  He thinks the chairman's           
 concern is addressed by the fiscal note and the sponsor's                     
 statement.                                                                    
                                                                               
 CHAIRMAN SHARP stated he was under the impression that Section 8,             
 extending the financial assistance, was the most important part.              
                                                                               
 REPRESENTATIVE BETTYE DAVIS stated if HB 490 is not passed, the               
 authority to do that will sunset at the end of this year.                     
                                                                               
 CHAIRMAN SHARP just wants to ensure that HB 490 will not allow ASTF           
 to give money to BIDCO without legislative appropriation.                     
                                                                               
 REPRESENTATIVE BETTYE DAVIS thought the legislature did not want to           
 appropriate any money to it.                                                  
                                                                               
 CHAIRMAN SHARP clarified that they did not want to appropriate                
 money to any specific BIDCO projects.  But he has a problem with              
 adding money to the foundation without legislative appropriation.             
                                                                               
 REPRESENTATIVE BETTYE DAVIS stated she thought as long as ASTF                
 could come up with funds from interest-earning money that they                
 have, that would be acceptable to the legislature, because they               
 don't have any money to appropriate.  If she thought they had money           
 to appropriate to BIDCOs, she would have gone that route.  She                
 thinks this in an important economic development issue.                       
                                                                               
 CHAIRMAN SHARP asked Representative Davis how many applications               
 have been approved.                                                           
                                                                               
 REPRESENTATIVE BETTYE DAVIS stated none have been approved, because           
 the program is not funded.                                                    
                                                                               
 Number 305                                                                    
                                                                               
 CHAIRMAN SHARP asked if a 50/50 match is still required from the              
 private sector.                                                               
                                                                               
 REPRESENTATIVE BETTYE DAVIS responded yes.                                    
                                                                               
 CHAIRMAN SHARP stated he doesn't mind giving ASTF the authority to            
 replace the $2,000,000.00 that was vetoed.                                    
                                                                               
 REPRESENTATIVE BETTYE DAVIS replied that's all they want to do.  We           
 wouldn't be authorizing anything more than that, because they don't           
 need it.  Once that money is in the private sector, we would not              
 appropriate any more money to the BIDCOs.                                     
                                                                               
 Number 230                                                                    
                                                                               
 CHAIRMAN SHARP stated he is hesitant to not restrict the amount of            
 money ASTF could put into the BIDCO foundation.                               
                                                                               
 REPRESENTATIVE BETTYE DAVIS stated the legislature does not                   
 restrict ASTF in any other uses of their money.                               
                                                                               
 CHAIRMAN SHARP stated he does not want to give ASTF a blank check.            
 You can only stretch $11,000,000.00 so far (the amount of money               
 ASTF has).  The appropriation by ASTF into BIDCOs should be made by           
 legislative approval.                                                         
                                                                               
 REPRESENTATIVE BETTYE DAVIS understands the chairman's concern, but           
 she cannot imagine ASTF would do that.  ASTF has made a commitment            
 to all of the programs they're involved with.  She doesn't think              
 ASTF would give any more preference to the BIDCOs than it does to             
 any of the other proposals they get.                                          
                                                                               
 CHAIRMAN SHARP asked Representative Davis if she would object to              
 the addition of language to HB 490 that would limit ASTF to                   
 contributing $2,000,000.00 to the BIDCOs.                                     
                                                                               
 Number 370                                                                    
                                                                               
 REPRESENTATIVE BETTYE DAVIS stated the only problem she would have            
 with that is the late date at which that amendment would be added             
 might keep HB 490 from passing due to time constraints.  She                  
 suggested passing legislation addressing the chairman's concern               
 during the next legislature.                                                  
                                                                               
 SENATOR DONLEY suggested adding a provision stating ASTF has to get           
 legislative approval if they want to give more than a certain                 
 amount of money to BIDCOs.                                                    
                                                                               
 REPRESENTATIVE BETTYE DAVIS asked if that could be done in a letter           
 of intent.                                                                    
                                                                               
 CHAIRMAN SHARP stated he does not believe in legislative intent               
 when it comes to millions of dollars.                                         
                                                                               
 SENATOR DUNCAN thinks it's important to keep HB 490 moving.  He               
 asked the chairman to clarify that he is concerned ASTF might give            
 more than $2,000,000.00 to BIDCOs.                                            
                                                                               
 CHAIRMAN SHARP replied that is correct.  He is concerned there are            
 no limits set out in HB 490.                                                  
                                                                               
 SENATOR DUNCAN asked Representative Davis if she thought language             
 limiting the amount of money ASTF could give to BIDCOs would cause            
 a problem in the House.                                                       
                                                                               
 REPRESENTATIVE BETTYE DAVIS did not think that provision would                
 cause a problem, but she is worried that since there are only seven           
 days before adjournment there might not be enough time for the                
 House to concur in Senate amendments to the bill.                             
                                                                               
 SENATOR DUNCAN and SENATOR RANDY PHILLIPS think there should be               
 enough time for a concurrence vote.                                           
                                                                               
 Number 420                                                                    
                                                                               
 CHAIRMAN SHARP stated there is strong support for HB 490 in the               
 Rules Committee.                                                              
                                                                               
 REPRESENTATIVE BETTYE DAVIS does not think the committee needs to             
 be concerned about the ASTF appropriating more than $2,000,000.00             
 to the BIDCOs, because that would throw all their other obligations           
 off.                                                                          
                                                                               
 Number 460                                                                    
                                                                               
 JAMIE KENWORTHY, Executive Director, Alaska Science & Technology              
 Foundation, Department of Commerce & Economic Development,                    
 testifying from Anchorage, stated ASTF has grant authority, but               
 there is nothing in statute, without HB 490, that would give                  
 authority for establishment of this kind of risk-capital capability           
 in Alaska.  If ASTF misuses its' authority, it will have to answer            
 to the legislature during the next session.                                   
 CHAIRMAN SHARP asked Mr. Kenworthy if he believes that under HB               
 490, the ASTF would still have to come back to the legislature with           
 their capital budget to appropriate additional money to the BIDCO,            
 over and above what ASTF has right now.                                       
                                                                               
 MR. KENWORTHY replied no.                                                     
                                                                               
 CHAIRMAN SHARP asked how much authority ASTF currently has.                   
                                                                               
 MR. KENWORTHY stated if HB 490 passes, ASTF will have the                     
 authority.  They would take funds out of their interest earnings,             
 and if the funds were leveraged by the private sector, they would             
 establish a BIDCO.  They would not need additional funds                      
 appropriated.  It is unusual to have an agency director, himself,             
 asking that funds be taken out of his direct authority and put into           
 the private sector where it will be leveraged.                                
                                                                               
 CHAIRMAN SHARP asked if BIDCO will have a separate boards.                    
                                                                               
 MR. KENWORTHY replied BIDCO will have its' own board.  There will             
 be a loan agreement between ASTF and the BIDCO, but the BIDCO will            
 make the decisions on where to invest the money and the terms of              
 those investments.                                                            
                                                                               
 CHAIRMAN SHARP asked Mr. Kenworthy if ASTF feels it has the                   
 authority to add money up to $3,000,000.00, or unlimited.                     
                                                                               
 Number 490                                                                    
                                                                               
 MR. KENWORTHY responded if HB 490 passes, ASTF would have the                 
 authority to add unlimited funds.  But he is trying to be very                
 clear to the legislature regarding the size of the commitment ASTF            
 would make, so there is no misunderstanding about what ASTF is                
 doing.  A BIDCO needs about $6,000,000.00 to be viable.                       
                                                                               
 CHAIRMAN SHARP asked if all the other projects ASTF is involved in            
 were approved by the legislature.                                             
                                                                               
 MR. KENWORTHY replied the appropriation for the agriculture project           
 for the last two years is a direct earmark by the legislature of              
 ASTF earnings.  ASTF is authorized to fund other projects through             
 grants, however they need the legislative exemption because of the            
 statutory provision that they cannot spend more than half their               
 funds in grants of over $100,000.00 a year.  HB 490 is needed to              
 give ASTF the authority to fund BIDCOs.                                       
                                                                               
 CHAIRMAN SHARP asked if there were dollar limits placed on all                
 other ASTF projects.                                                          
                                                                               
 MR. KENWORTHY responded the language in the legislation relating to           
 the Kodiak Launch Facility was "up to $5,000,000.00".                         
                                                                               
 Number 515                                                                    
                                                                               
 CHAIRMAN SHARP thinks HB 490 will have difficulty passing the                 
 Senate without a limit on the amount ASTF is allowed to appropriate           
 to BIDCOs.                                                                    
                                                                               
 MR. KENWORTHY would not have a problem with the legislature                   
 limiting the amount ASTF would be allowed to contribute to BIDCOs.            
                                                                               
 Number 533                                                                    
                                                                               
 SENATOR LEMAN made a motion to adopt a conceptual amendment that              
 would limit ASTF to contributing no more than a total of                      
 $3,000,000.00 to BIDCO.                                                       
                                                                               
 CHAIRMAN SHARP, hearing no objection, stated the amendment was                
 adopted.                                                                      
                                                                               
 SENATOR RANDY PHILLIPS made a motion to discharge HB 490 from the             
 Senate State Affairs Committee with individual recommendations.               
                                                                               
 CHAIRMAN SHARP, hearing no objection, stated HB 490 was discharged            
 from the Senate State Affairs Committee.                                      
                                                                               
                                                                               
             HB  63 DOG MUSHING VANITY PLATES                              
                                                                               
 CHAIRMAN SHARP brought up HB 63 as the next order of business                 
 before the Senate State Affairs Committee.                                    
                                                                               
 Number 555                                                                    
                                                                               
 REPRESENTATIVE JOHN DAVIES, prime sponsor of HB 63, stated he                 
 introduced the bill at the request at some people in the Fairbanks            
 area who are involved in dog mushing.  It arose out of concern over           
 some of the attacks against the sport from out of state.  There               
 would be a $50.00 fee for these plates, with any excess revenue               
 authorized to be appropriated to statewide dog mushing programs.              
 HB 63 would allow Alaskans to show support for the state sport, and           
 give non-mushers an opportunity to bolster the mushing community.             
 He asked for support of HB 63.                                                
                                                                               
 SENATOR LEMAN noted that 155 sets of license plates will have to be           
 purchased to break even on the cost of producing them.  He assumed            
 there would be at least that many people interested in purchasing             
 those plates.                                                                 
                                                                               
 REPRESENTATIVE DAVIES hopes closer to 1000 sets of license plates             
 will be sold.                                                                 
                                                                               
 Number 587                                                                    
                                                                               
 SENATOR RANDY PHILLIPS made a motion to discharge HB 63 from the              
 Senate State Affairs Committee with individual recommendations.               
                                                                               
 TAPE 96-32, SIDE B                                                            
                                                                               
 CHAIRMAN SHARP, hearing no objection, stated HB 63 was discharged             
 from the Senate State Affairs Committee.                                      
                                                                               
                                                                               
          HCR 25 381ST INTELL.SQUADRON DIVISION DAY                          
                                                                               
 CHAIRMAN SHARP brought up HCR 25 as the next order of business                
 before the Senate State Affairs Committee.                                  
                                                                               
 Number 585                                                                    
                                                                               
 NOELLE BREKKE, Aide to Representative Pete Kott, Co-Chairman of the           
 House Special Committee on Military & Veterans' Affairs, prime                
 sponsor of HCR 25, stated the resolution would allow May 15, 1996             
 to be designated as the 381st Intelligence Squadron Logistics Day.            
 This unit is based at Elmendorf Air Force Base, and has earned many           
 merit awards.  She asked for support of HCR 25.                               
                                                                               
 Number 574                                                                    
                                                                               
 SENATOR LEMAN made a motion to discharge HCR 25 from the Senate               
 State Affairs Committee with individual recommendations.                      
                                                                               
 CHAIRMAN SHARP, hearing no objection, stated HCR 25 was discharged            
 from the Senate State Affairs Committee.                                      
                                                                               
                                                                               
           HJR 61 ANCHORAGE VETERANS AFFAIRS OFFICE                          
                                                                               
 CHAIRMAN SHARP brought up HJR 61 as the next order of business                
 before the Senate State Affairs Committee.                                    
                                                                               
 Number 570                                                                    
                                                                               
 REPRESENTATIVE ED WILLIS, prime sponsor of HJR 61, stated the                 
 resolution would oppose changes in the functions of the federal               
 Veterans' Administration Office in Anchorage.  The federal VA is              
 proposing downsizing the Anchorage office by transferring several             
 major functions to Reno, Nevada and Phoenix, Arizona.  The                    
 resolution gives our congressional delegation another tool with               
 which to fight this downsizing.  He urged the committee to support            
 HJR 61.                                                                       
                                                                               
 SENATOR RANDY PHILLIPS made a motion to discharge HJR 61 from the             
 Senate State Affairs Committee with individual recommendations.               
                                                                               
 Number 545                                                                    
                                                                               
 CHAIRMAN SHARP, hearing no objection, stated HJR 61 was discharged            
 from the Senate State Affairs Committee.                                      
                                                                               
                                                                               
         HB 359 APPOINTMENT PROCESS FOR BDS & COMM'NS                        
                                                                               
 CHAIRMAN SHARP brought up HB 359 as the next order of business                
 before the Senate State Affairs Committee.                                    
                                                                               
 Number 540                                                                    
                                                                               
 REPRESENTATIVE BRIAN PORTER, prime sponsor of HB 359, stated the              
 bill was crafted in conjunction with the Governor's Office, so                
 their needs have been met.  The bill would provide a way to avoid             
 the problem that occurred two years ago with an appointment to APUC           
 by a departing governor.  This bill is not intended to give an                
 advantage or disadvantage to any particular governor, it will just            
 set the standard for appointments in the future.                              
                                                                               
 SENATOR DONLEY made a motion to discharge HB 359 from the Senate              
 State Affairs Committee with individual recommendations.                      
                                                                               
 CHAIRMAN SHARP, hearing no objection, stated HB 359 was discharged            
 from the Senate State Affairs Committee.                                      
                                                                               
                                                                               
          HB 249 MCGRATH KUSKOKWIM RIVER ICE CLASSIC                         
                                                                               
 CHAIRMAN SHARP brought up HB 249 as the next order of business                
 before the Senate State Affairs Committee.                                    
                                                                               
 Number 465                                                                    
                                                                               
 LISA MCLAREN, Aide to Representative Irene Nicholia, prime sponsor            
 of HB 249, stated the bill would authorize the Kuskokwim                      
 Broadcasting Corporation to hold an annual ice classic.  The                  
 McGrath Volunteer Fire Department and Kuskokwim Valley Rescue Squad           
 would also benefit from the ice classic.                                      
                                                                               
 SENATOR DONLEY asked if they would be allowed to sell these tickets           
 over the air.                                                                 
 DENNIS POSHARD, Director, Charitable Gaming Division, Department of           
 Revenue, replied that up to twelve hours a year of on-air time is             
 allowed for public broadcast stations to sell charitable gaming               
 tickets.                                                                      
                                                                               
 SENATOR DUNCAN made a motion to discharge HB 249 from the Senate              
 State Affairs Committee with individual recommendations.                      
                                                                               
 Number 445                                                                    
                                                                               
 CHAIRMAN SHARP, hearing no objection, stated HB 249 was discharged            
 from the Senate State Affairs Committee.                                      
                                                                               
                                                                               
        HJR 20 SUPPORT 10TH AMENDMENT ENFORCEMENT ACT                        
                                                                               
 CHAIRMAN SHARP brought up HJR 20 as the next order of business                
 before the Senate State Affairs Committee.                                    
                                                                               
 Number 435                                                                    
                                                                               
 ELEANOR ROSER, Aide to Representative Ramona Barnes, prime sponsor            
 of HJR 20, stated the resolution would request support for the 10th           
 amendment, which would eliminate further federal mandates and other           
 types of federalism.                                                          
                                                                               
 SENATOR DONLEY asked if they could add the title change to the                
 title change resolution, so as not to inadvertently open up HJR 20.           
                                                                               
 SENATOR LEMAN stated if the House changes HJR 20, it would come               
 back to the Senate anyway, so the Senate would have the last say on           
 any changes the House makes.  He suggested passing HJR 20, and then           
 passing the title change resolution.                                          
                                                                               
 SENATOR DONLEY asked if they couldn't just remove the concern by              
 adding the new title of HJR 20 to the title change resolution.                
                                                                               
 Number 400                                                                    
                                                                               
 CHAIRMAN SHARP asked Ms. Roser if she would have objection to that.           
                                                                               
 MS. ROSER responded she would have no objection to that.                      
                                                                               
 CHAIRMAN SHARP asked if there was any objection to stating the new            
 title of HJR 20 in the title change resolution.                               
                                                                               
 [None was voiced.]                                                            
                                                                               
 SENATOR LEMAN made a motion to adopt the Senate State Affairs                 
 Committee substitute for HJR 20.                                              
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 CHAIRMAN SHARP, hearing no objection, stated the committee                    
 substitute was adopted.                                                       
                                                                               
 SENATOR DONLEY made a motion to discharge HJR 20 from the Senate              
 State Affairs Committee with individual recommendations.                      
                                                                               
 CHAIRMAN SHARP, hearing no objection, stated HJR 20 was discharged            
 from the Senate State Affairs Committee.                                      
                                                                               
 SENATOR RANDY PHILLIPS stated for the record that HJR 20 is a                 
 complete rewrite from the original legislation.                               
                                                                               
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 MS. ROSER stated she will talk to Representative Barnes about a               
 press release regarding the change of subject of HJR 20.                      
                                                                               
 CHAIRMAN SHARP stated the resolution for the title change will have           
 to be adopted in the Rules Committee.  The title of the title                 
 change resolution will include the new title of HJR 20.                       
                                                                               
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 CHAIRMAN SHARP adjourned the Senate State Affairs Committee meeting           
 at 10:16 a.m.                                                                 
                                                                               

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