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03/18/2021 01:30 PM TRANSPORTATION

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01:36:03 PM Start
01:36:32 PM SB74
02:59:54 PM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
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+= SB 74 G.O. BONDS: STATE INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
            SENATE TRANSPORTATION STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                          
                         March 18, 2021                                                                                         
                           1:36 p.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
                             DRAFT                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Robert Myers, Chair                                                                                                     
Senator Mike Shower, Vice Chair                                                                                                 
Senator Peter Micciche                                                                                                          
Senator Jesse Kiehl                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Senator Click Bishop                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 74                                                                                                              
"An Act  providing for  and relating to  the issuance  of general                                                               
obligation  bonds for  the purpose  of paying  the cost  of state                                                               
infrastructure projects,  including construction, communications,                                                               
major  maintenance, public  safety, and  transportation projects;                                                               
and providing for an effective date."                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     - HEARD & HELD                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
BILL: SB 74                                                                                                                   
SHORT TITLE: G.O. BONDS: STATE INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS                                                                          
SPONSOR(s): RULES BY REQUEST OF THE GOVERNOR                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
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WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
CAROLINE SCHULTZ, Chief Policy Analyst                                                                                          
Office of Management and Budget (OMB)                                                                                           
Office of the Governor                                                                                                          
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Answered questions on behalf of OMB on                                                                    
proposed amendments to GO Bond projects in SB 74.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
HEIDI TESHNER, Director                                                                                                         
Finance and Support Services                                                                                                    
Department of Education and Early Development (DEED)                                                                            
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Answered questions on DEED's capital                                                                      
improvement project Major Maintenance Grant Fund list during the                                                                
hearing on SB 74.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
MICHAELLA ANDERSON, Staff                                                                                                       
Senator Robert Myers                                                                                                            
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Answered questions on school projects in                                                                  
Amendment 3 to SB 74, on behalf of Senator Myers.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
STEPHANIE RICHARD, Director                                                                                                     
Division of Administrative Services                                                                                             
Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA)                                                                              
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT: Answered questions on DMVA's GO Bond                                                                      
projects in SB 74.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
JOHN BINDER, Executive Director                                                                                                 
Alaska International Airport System (AIAS)                                                                                      
Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOTPF)                                                                      
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT: Answered questions on the Aviation projects                                                               
in SB 74.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHRISTOPHER MCCONNELL, Director                                                                                                 
Facilities Planning & Construction                                                                                              
University of Alaska Anchorage                                                                                                  
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT: Answered  questions on  UAA Building  Energy                                                             
Performance Upgrades project in SB 74.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:36:03 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  ROBERT MYERS  called  the  Senate Transportation  Standing                                                             
Committee meeting  to order at 1:36  p.m. Present at the  call to                                                               
order  were Senators  Kiehl, Micciche  and  Chair Myers.  Senator                                                               
Shower arrived shortly thereafter.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
        SB 74-G.O. BONDS: STATE INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1:36:32 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR MYERS  announced the  consideration of  SENATE BILL  NO. 74                                                               
"An Act  providing for  and relating to  the issuance  of general                                                               
obligation  bonds for  the purpose  of paying  the cost  of state                                                               
infrastructure projects,  including construction, communications,                                                               
major  maintenance, public  safety, and  transportation projects;                                                               
and providing for an effective date."                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  MYERS began  the amendment  process on  SB 74.  He related                                                               
that the amendments were organized by sections of the bill.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1:37:08 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR MYERS moved to adopt Amendment  1 to SB 74, [work order 32-                                                               
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                          AMENDMENT 1                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
OFFERED IN THE SENATE                          BY SENATOR MYERS                                                                 
     TO:  SB 74                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     Page 2, line 19, following "AS 37.07.080(e)":                                                                              
          Insert ", however, a reallocation may not                                                                             
      increase the total allocation for a project by more                                                                       
     than 10 percent"                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     Page 2, line 30, following "AS 37.07.080(e)":                                                                              
          Insert ", however, a reallocation may not                                                                             
      increase the total allocation for a project by more                                                                       
     than 10 percent"                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     Page 3, line 16, following "AS 37.07.080(e)":                                                                              
          Insert ", however, a reallocation may not                                                                             
      increase the total allocation for a project by more                                                                       
     than 10 percent"                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     Page 3, line 29, following "AS 37.07.080(e)":                                                                              
          Insert ", however, a reallocation may not                                                                             
      increase the total allocation for a project by more                                                                       
     than 10 percent"                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     Page 4, line 14, following "AS 37.07.080(e)":                                                                              
          Insert ", however, a reallocation may not                                                                             
      increase the total allocation for a project by more                                                                       
     than 10 percent"                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     Page 4, line 26, following "AS 37.07.080(e)":                                                                              
          Insert ", however, a reallocation may not                                                                             
      increase the total allocation for a project by more                                                                       
     than 10 percent"                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     Page 6, line 11, following "AS 37.07.080(e)":                                                                              
          Insert ", however, a reallocation may not                                                                             
      increase the total allocation for a project by more                                                                       
     than 10 percent"                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR MICCICHE objected for discussion purposes.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR MYERS explained that the  appropriation from the 2021 state                                                               
infrastructure  project   fund  to  the  department   allows  for                                                               
reallocation between  projects. First,  he reminded  members that                                                               
this  funding was  [general obligation  (GO) bond]  debt. Second,                                                               
the  authorization  for  the  GO  bond  projects  required  voter                                                               
approval. It is important to  tell the voters which projects will                                                               
be  funded. However,  sometimes projects  come in  under or  over                                                               
budget. Amendment  1 would limit  the amount for  reallocation by                                                               
10  percent, which  would automatically  limit any  decreases. He                                                               
stated that  this would bring transparency  and accountability to                                                               
the legislative process related  to specific projects and project                                                               
costs.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
1:38:55 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  MICCICHE  asked if  the  administration  could speak  to                                                               
whether this will meet the bond proposal's objectives.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
1:39:21 PM                                                                                                                    
CAROLINE SCHULTZ, Chief Policy Analyst,  Office of Management and                                                               
Budget  (OMB), Office  of the  Governor,  Juneau, Alaska,  stated                                                               
that OMB  does not have  any objection  to Amendment 1.  It would                                                               
allow  some  natural  deviation  of  project  costs  while  still                                                               
preserving  the  list of  projects  and  amounts that  have  been                                                               
approved by the voters.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:39:47 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR MICCICHE removed his objection.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
There being no further objection, Amendment 1 was adopted.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
1:40:11 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR KIEHL moved to adopt Amendment 2 to SB 74 [work order                                                                   
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                          AMENDMENT 2                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     OFFERED IN THE SENATE                     BY SENATOR KIEHL                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
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     Renumber the following bill sections accordingly.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
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SENATOR MICCICHE objected for discussion purposes.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR KIEHL  explained that Amendment  2 would remove  the West                                                               
Susitna  Access  Road Access  Project  and  the Arctic  Strategic                                                               
Transportation and Resource (ASTAR)  Project. He offered his view                                                               
that these  projects did not  meet the  constitutional definition                                                               
of  a   capital  improvement.   This  phase   includes  planning,                                                               
assessing and survey but no  capital improvement remains when the                                                               
work is done, he said.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
1:40:59 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  MICCICHE  related  that project  preparation  was  often                                                               
included in  capital budgets so  he did not agree  that including                                                               
these projects  would be unconstitutional.  The ASTAR  project is                                                               
an important  one for resource  development, he said. He  was not                                                               
familiar with the West Susitna road project.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
1:42:16 PM                                                                                                                    
At ease                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:42:44 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR MYERS reconvened the meeting.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
1:42:55 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR KIEHL remarked  that Amendment 2 was not  about the value                                                               
of  the  two  projects.  He  explained  that  it  was  about  the                                                               
constitutional  language limiting  what  could  be considered  as                                                               
capital  improvements.   The  legislature  has  a   statute  that                                                               
describes what  can be considered  as capital  projects. However,                                                               
the  Alaska Constitution  has a  hard and  fast limit.  He stated                                                               
that the  Alaska Supreme  Court has ruled  several times  and the                                                               
Department  of Law  has provided  guidance. Capital  improvements                                                               
require  something durable  and  tangible  must remain.  However,                                                               
identifying material sites and water sources does not fit that                                                                  
standard.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
1:44:42 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR MICCICHE maintained his objection.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
1:44:45 PM                                                                                                                    
At ease                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:45:36 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR MYERS reconvened the meeting.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
1:45:43 PM                                                                                                                    
A roll call vote was taken. Senators Shower, Kiehl, and Meyers                                                                  
voted in favor of Amendment 2 and Senator Micciche voted against                                                                
it. Therefore, Amendment 2 passed by a 3-1 vote.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR MYERS announced that Amendment 2 passed by a vote of 3                                                                    
yeas, 1 nay.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
1:46:33 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR MYERS moved to adopt Amendment 3 to SB 74 [work order 32-                                                                 
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                          AMENDMENT 3                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
OFFERED IN THE SENATE                          BY SENATOR MYERS                                                                 
     TO:  SB 74                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
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     Delete "$356,405,952"                                                                                                      
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     Delete "$41,882,000"                                                                                                       
     Insert "$41,880,866"                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
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     Delete all material and insert:                                                                                            
     "Anderson K-12 School partial roof replacement $1,070,088                                                                  
     Birchwood Elementary School roof replacement 1,870,053                                                                     
     Blackwell K-12 School fire alarm upgrades      79,975                                                                      
     Craig Middle School rehabilitation           4,883,525                                                                     
     Eagle River Elementary School improvements   5,255,747                                                                     
     Galena Interior Learning Academy composite   5,722,672                                                                     
      building renovation                                                                                                       
     Houston Middle School replacement            9,000,000                                                                     
     Kake schools heating upgrades                  193,821                                                                     
     Mt. Edgecumbe High School repairs            7,882,000                                                                     
     Nenana K-12 School flooring and asbestos abatement  399,039                                                                
     Sayeik Gastineau Community School partial roof 1,007,500                                                                   
      replacement                                                                                                               
     West High School roof replacement            4,516,446"                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
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SENATOR MICCICHE objected for discussion purposes.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:46:45 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR   MYERS   explained   that  Amendment   3   would   provide                                                               
transparency by  removing the language, "Major  Maintenance Grant                                                               
Fund for School  Major Maintenance" and replacing it  with a list                                                               
of specific projects. He related  the process used to develop the                                                               
list. The  projects were  taken from the  priority list  and each                                                               
project  was  deducted  from the  $25  million  allocation.  When                                                               
projects  were  in  excess  of the  remaining  amount,  the  next                                                               
project that  fell within the remaining  allocation was included.                                                               
He stated  that one project  not included was  the Administrative                                                               
Center in Fairbanks  on the basis that this funding  should be as                                                               
close to the classroom as possible.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
1:48:32 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR KIEHL expressed concern that  Amendment 3 did not hold to                                                               
the priority  of the list.  He stated  that this list  related to                                                               
equity issues  about what schools  were fixed was  litigated many                                                               
years  ago.  Although he  said  he  did  not believe  that  these                                                               
projects violated  any equity matter,  he maintained  his concern                                                               
that the prioritized projects were disregarded.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
1:49:47 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  MICCICHE  asked if  the  only  project removed  was  the                                                               
administration building  in Fairbanks.  He asked  what connection                                                               
the administration  building had to  the operation of  schools in                                                               
Fairbank and  if he had queried  the dean how this  project would                                                               
affect the university.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR MYERS  answered that  he removed the  project based  on the                                                               
backup  information  provided  indicating it  would  replace  air                                                               
conditioning  units and  several  other items  that sounded  like                                                               
comfort rather than health and safety issues.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
1:51:04 PM                                                                                                                    
HEIDI   TESHNER,   Director,   Finance  and   Support   Services,                                                               
Department  of Education  and Early  Development (DEED),  Juneau,                                                               
Alaska, asked Chair Myers to repeat the question.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR MICCICHE  asked if  removing the  administrative building                                                               
project have any adverse effect on students in the schools.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MS. TESHNER  said she was  unsure what effect not  including this                                                               
project would  have on  students. She  noted that  seven projects                                                               
were skipped to arrive at the list in Amendment 3.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:52:24 PM                                                                                                                    
At ease                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:54:30 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR MYERS reconvened the meeting.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
1:54:46 PM                                                                                                                    
MICHAELLA  ANDERSON, Staff,  Senator Robert  Myers, Alaska  State                                                               
Legislature,  Juneau, Alaska,  reviewed the  School Projects  for                                                               
proposed  $25,000,000  appropriation  to  the  Major  Maintenance                                                               
Grant Fund:                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
 Project                                           Amount                                                                     
 1.Galena  Interior  Learning   Academy  Composite $5,700,000                                                                 
 Building Renovation                                                                                                            
 2.Craig Middle School Rehabilitation              $4,883,525                                                                 
 3.Eagle River Elementary School Improvements      $5,255,747                                                                 
 4.Kake Schools Heating Upgrades                   $  193,821                                                                 
 5.West High School Roof Replacement               $4,516,446                                                                 
 6.Anderson K-12 School Partial Roof Replacement   $1,070,088                                                                 
 Skipped projects:                                                                                                            
 7.Chenga Bay K-12 School Renovation               $5,582,962                                                                 
 8.Tatitlek K-12 School Renovation                 $6,785,033                                                                 
 Funded project:                                                                                                              
 9.Sayeik: Gastineau Community School Partial Roof $1,007,500                                                                 
 Replacement                                                                                                                    
 Skipped project:                                                                                                             
 10. Administrative  Center  Air Conditioning  and $  912,931                                                                 
 Ventilation Replacement                                                                                                        
 Skipped project:                                                                                                             
 11.Service   High  School   Health   and   Safety $3,113,507                                                                 
 Improvements                                                                                                                   
 Funded project:                                                                                                              
 12.Birchwood Elementary School Roof Replacement   $1,870,053                                                                 
 Skipped projects:                                                                                                            
 13. Sandpoint K-12 School Major Maintenance       $1,870,287                                                                 
 14. Sheldon Point  K-12 School  Foundation School $3,338,662                                                                 
 and Repairs                                                                                                                    
 15. East High School Gym Improvements             $5,098,584                                                                 
 Funded:                                                                                                                      
 16.  Nenana K-12  School  Flooring  and  Asbestos $  399,039                                                                 
 Abatement                                                                                                                      
 Skipped:                                                                                                                     
 17. David-Louis Memorial K-12 School HVAC Control $  115,058                                                                 
 Upgrades                                                                                                                       
 Funded:                                                                                                                      
 18. Blackwell K-12 School HVAC Control Upgrades   $   79,975                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
the  remaining grant  funds were  not  enough to  fully fund  the                                                               
project.  The  sponsor  skipped  [item  10],  the  Administrative                                                               
Center   Air   Conditioning   and  Ventilation   Replacement   as                                                               
previously  stated. She  reported  that of  18  projects, the  10                                                               
projects remaining totaled $24,998,866.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR MICCICHE  asked for clarification  on the  Houston Middle                                                               
School.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:57:15 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR MYERS  clarified that including  the Houston  Middle School                                                               
and Mt.  Edgecumbe High  School Repairs was  a drafting  error in                                                               
Amendment  3.  Those  projects  were  inadvertently  included  in                                                               
Amendment 3 [on lines 18 and 20].                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
1:58:10 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR MICCICHE removed his objection.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:58:25 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR KIEHL objected.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
A roll call vote was taken.  Senators Micciche and Myers voted in                                                               
favor  of  Amendment  3  and  Senator  Kiehl  voted  against  it.                                                               
Therefore Amendment 3 passed by a 2:1 vote.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR MYERS stated that Amendment 3 passed.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1:58:54 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR KIEHL withdrew Amendment 4 [work order 32-GS1716\A.3].                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
1:59:34 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  KIEHL  moved  to  adopt  Amendment  5  [work  order  32-                                                               
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                          AMENDMENT 5                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
OFFERED IN THE SENATE                          BY SENATOR KIEHL                                                                 
     TO:  SB 74                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
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CHAIR MYERS objected for discussion purposes.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
1:59:17 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  KIEHL  explained  that  Amendment  5  would  remove  two                                                               
projects: the  Alaska Public Safety  Service System  Upgrades for                                                               
the   maintenance   of   Alaska    Land   Mobile   Radio   (ALMR)                                                               
infrastructure   and   the    Alcantra   Armory   and   Arc-Flash                                                               
Improvements.  These  projects  consist of  ordinary  maintenance                                                               
which are not  eligible for GO bonds, but could  be funded in the                                                               
capital budget, he said.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR MYERS maintained his objection.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
2:01:02 PM                                                                                                                    
A  roll call  vote was  taken. Senator  Kiehl voted  in favor  of                                                               
Amendment 5  and Senators  Micciche and  Myers voted  against it.                                                               
Therefore, Amendment 5 failed by a 1:2 vote.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR MYERS announced that Amendment 5 failed.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
2:01:29 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  MYERS  moved   to  adopt  Amendment  6   [work  order  32-                                                               
GS1716\A.26].                                                                                                                   
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                          AMENDMENT 6                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
OFFERED IN THE SENATE                          BY SENATOR MYERS                                                                 
     TO:  SB 74                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
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SENATOR MICCICHE objected for discussion purposes.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR MYERS would  remove the Summit Lake  Foundation Repairs. He                                                               
expressed concern that the project  also included a study without                                                               
knowing the full cost of the project.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
2:03:13 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  MICCICHE asked  if he  discussed this  project with  the                                                               
Department of Military & Veterans Affairs (DMVA).                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
2:03:25 PM                                                                                                                    
STEPHANIE   RICHARD,   Director,   Division   of   Administrative                                                               
Services,  Department of  Military and  Veterans Affairs  (DMVA),                                                               
Anchorage, Alaska,  answered that she  would need to  request the                                                               
Office of Public Safety Communication  Services to figure out how                                                               
much  of $150,000  was for  engineering or  repairs. She  related                                                               
that  the department  has attempted  repairs but  the engineering                                                               
was necessary  to determine the best  way to fix it.  She offered                                                               
to  research  this  and  report  back to  the  committee  on  the                                                               
breakdown.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
2:04:33 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR MICCICHE asked what the  impacts would be if the building                                                               
failed. He  asked if these  repairs could  wait and be  funded in                                                               
the capital budget.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MS.  RICHARD  said the  problem  was  that  that as  the  shelter                                                               
continues  to sink  it  leans  and crushes  the  walkway and  ice                                                               
bridge  between their  shelter and  a  Chugach Electric  shelter,                                                               
which may damage both shelters.  In addition, further movement of                                                               
the  structure would  damage  the  feed lines  and  result in  an                                                               
outage of services on the Kenai Peninsula.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
2:05:45 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR MYERS withdrew Amendment 6.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
2:06:19 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  SHOWER  moved  to  adopt Amendment  7  [work  order  32-                                                               
GS1716\A.15]:                                                                                                                   
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                          AMENDMENT 7                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
OFFERED IN THE SENATE                         BY SENATOR SHOWER                                                                 
     TO:  SB 74                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
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CHAIR MYERS objected for discussion purposes. He offered his                                                                    
belief that this was addressed earlier by Senator Kiehl's                                                                       
amendment.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR SHOWER withdrew Amendment 7.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
2:06:51 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR MYERS moved to adopt Amendment 8 to SB 74 [work order 32-                                                                 
GS1716\A.27]:                                                                                                                   
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                          AMENDMENT 8                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
    OFFERED IN THE SENATE                      BY SENATOR MYERS                                                                 
     TO:  SB 74                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
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             "Statewide Firebreak New Construction                                                                              
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SENATOR MICCICHE objected for discussion purposes.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  MYERS   explained  that  Amendment  8   would  reduce  the                                                               
Statewide  Firebreak Construction  Program  from  $25 million  to                                                               
$8.7 million. This would separate  the new firebreak construction                                                               
and  maintenance   and  remove  the  maintenance   funds  due  to                                                               
constitutional concerns.  He related  his understanding  that the                                                               
state  has $5  million left  over from  last year's  firefighting                                                               
fund. This means  some of the maintenance will  be performed, but                                                               
it would not be through this bond.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
2:08:32 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR MICCICHE removed his objection.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
There being no further objection, Amendment 8 was adopted.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
2:08:50 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR SHOWER  moved to adopt Amendment  9 to SB 74  [work order                                                               
32-GS1716\A.16]:                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
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                          AMENDMENT 9                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
OFFERED IN THE SENATE                         BY SENATOR SHOWER                                                                 
     TO:  SB 74                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
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CHAIR MYERS objected for discussion purposes.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  SHOWER spoke  generally to  all of  his amendments.  The                                                               
committee  raised issues  about  potential constitutional  issues                                                               
for projects  related to the  definition of capital  projects for                                                               
GO  Bond   proposals.  He  recalled  that   the  administration's                                                               
attorney  previously testified  that  some projects  fell into  a                                                               
gray area, which  was a bit disconcerting. He  explained that the                                                               
amendments   related   to   projects   that   lacked   sufficient                                                               
explanation to justify the projects.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR SHOWER referred to page 4, lines  3 to 8 of SB 74, to the                                                               
list  of projects,  including the  Fairbanks to  Seward Multi-Use                                                               
Recreation   Trail   Construction,  Statewide   Park   Sanitation                                                               
Facilities Upgrades,  [Statewide Firebreak  Construction Program,                                                               
Wildland  Fire  Engine   Replacement  and  Wildland  Firefighting                                                               
Aircraft Replacement].                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
2:10:04 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  MYERS  pointed  out  that Amendment  9  would  remove  the                                                               
Statewide  Firebreak  Construction  Program,  which  Amendment  8                                                               
addressed.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR MYERS moved to adopt  Conceptual Amendment 1 to Amendment 9                                                               
to address the Statewide Firebreak Construction Program.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
2:10:41 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR MICCICHE  expressed concern  that the  specific firebreak                                                               
projects were  not identified. He  suggested it was  important to                                                               
do so for the record.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
2:11:01 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR MYERS withdrew Conceptual Amendment 1 to Amendment 9.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  MYERS  explained  that  Amendment   9  would  remove  five                                                               
projects, including the Fairbanks  to Seward Multi-Use Recreation                                                               
Trail   Construction,   Statewide  Park   Sanitation   Facilities                                                               
Upgrades,  [Statewide  Firebreak Construction  Program,  Wildland                                                               
Fire  Engine  Replacement   and  Wildland  Firefighting  Aircraft                                                               
Replacement].                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
2:11:39 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR MICCICHE  related his familiarity with  bond projects. He                                                               
asked  who determined  that new  firefighting  equipment was  not                                                               
bondable.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
2:12:04 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR SHOWER responded  that he was usure  whether this project                                                               
qualified for GO bonding. He  reiterated that the concern was the                                                               
method to fund some projects lacked sufficient explanation.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
2:13:00 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  MICCICHE  suggested  that the  committee  should  obtain                                                               
additional  information  for   proposed  projects  before  making                                                               
determinations and amending the bill.  He offered his support for                                                               
some of the amendments but was  unsure this was the best approach                                                               
for some of these projects.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
2:13:49 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR SHOWER  related his understanding that  the intention was                                                               
to move the bill.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR MICCICHE offered his view  that the committee has time to                                                               
review  the bill.  He suggested  that the  committee obtain  more                                                               
information   on  projects,   especially  for   the  firefighting                                                               
equipment.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
2:14:37 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR SHOWER offered his willingness to not offer more                                                                        
amendments and take more time to consider this bill.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
2:15:28 PM                                                                                                                    
At ease                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:18:50 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR MYERS reconvened the meeting.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
2:19:01 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR SHOWER withdrew Amendment 9.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR MYERS rolled Amendments 10, 11 and 12 to the bottom of the                                                                
amendments.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
2:19:42 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR MYERS moved to adopt Amendment 13 to SB 74[work order 32-                                                                 
GS1716\A.28]:                                                                                                                   
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                          AMENDMENT 13                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
OFFERED IN THE SENATE                          BY SENATOR MYERS                                                                 
     TO:  SB 74                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
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2:20:07 PM                                                                                                                    
MS.  SCHULTZ  explained  that  Amendment   13  would  remove  the                                                               
Whittier Tunnel from the projects  funded. The DOTPF has provided                                                               
additional information  to OMB. She  offered her belief  that the                                                               
funding  amount  listed in  the  GO  Bond  is not  sufficient  to                                                               
complete  the  project.  OMB  recommends  that  this  project  be                                                               
removed, she said.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
2:20:32 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR MICCICHE removed his objection.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR MYERS no further objection, Amendment 13 was adopted.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
2:20:55 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR MYERS moved to adopt Amendment 14 to SB 74 [work order 32-                                                                
GS1716\A.29]:                                                                                                                   
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                          AMENDMENT 14                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     OFFERED IN THE SENATE                     BY SENATOR MYERS                                                                 
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SENATOR MICCICHE objected for discussion purposes.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
2:21:11 PM                                                                                                                    
MS. SCHULTZ explained  that Amendment 14 would  remove the Bethel                                                               
Airport Construction  and Rehabilitation  Project from  the list.                                                               
This airport  was not  on the  AIP [Airport  Improvement Program]                                                               
list  until federal  fiscal year  2024. She  said since  there is                                                               
interest in  completing this project earlier,  OMB recommends its                                                               
removal.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
2:21:34 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR MICCICHE removed his objection.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
There being no further objection, Amendment 14 was adopted.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
2:21:56 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR MYERS moved to adopt Amendment 15 to SB 74 [work order 32-                                                                
GS1716\A.30]:                                                                                                                   
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                          AMENDMENT 15                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
OFFERED IN THE SENATE                       BY SENATOR MYERS                                                                    
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SENATOR SHOWER objected for discussion purposes.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
2:22:29 PM                                                                                                                    
MS. SCHULTZ said the Cordova airport is not slated for AIP work                                                                 
for several years.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
2:22:50 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR SHOWER removed his objection.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
There being no further objection, Amendment 15 was adopted.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
2:23:37 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR SHOWER withdrew Amendment 17 to SB 74 [work order 32-                                                                   
GS1716\A. 20].                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
2:23:57 PM                                                                                                                    
At ease                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:25:42 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR MYERS reconvened the meeting.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
2:25:55 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR SHOWER moved to adopt Amendment 16, [work order 32-                                                                     
GS1716\A.19]:                                                                                                                   
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                          AMENDMENT 16                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
OFFERED IN THE SENATE                         BY SENATOR SHOWER                                                                 
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CHAIR MYERS objected for discussion purposes.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  SHOWER  explained that  this  airport  project would  be                                                               
removed as the project will  be considered in future years, based                                                               
on his discussions with the administration.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
2:26:15 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR MICCICHE said he spoke  earlier about the inefficiency of                                                               
bonding for projects  with very high federal match  since it does                                                               
not make any sense economically.  He explained that these airport                                                               
projects  were   still  scheduled  and  would   happen.  However,                                                               
including  them in  the  GO Bond  proposal may  not  be the  most                                                               
efficient method.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
2:27:08 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  SHOWER echoed  Senator Micciche's  point. He  reiterated                                                               
that the  administration was not  opposed to these  projects, but                                                               
these airport projects will be done in future years.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
2:27:43 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR MYERS solicited comments from Ms. Schultz.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
2:27:57 PM                                                                                                                    
MS. SCHULTZ  agreed. She said  she misspoke earlier  with respect                                                               
to the  Bethel Airport  when she  said it would  be funded  in FY                                                               
2024. Actually,  the Bethel  Airport is  fully funded  by federal                                                               
AIP funds. Further, these airport projects are all scheduled and                                                                
will continue on the normal AIP list, she said.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
2:28:49 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR MYERS removed his objection.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
There being no further objection, Amendment 16, was adopted.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
2:29:09 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR SHOWER moved to adopt Amendment 17, [work order 32-                                                                     
GS1716\A.20, which was previously withdrawn]:                                                                                   
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                          AMENDMENT 17                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
OFFERED IN THE SENATE                         BY SENATOR SHOWER                                                                 
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[The committee treated it as though Chair Myers had objected for                                                                
purpose of discussion.]                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:29:22 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR SHOWER explained that this airport project would be                                                                     
constructed in the future on the regular AIP project list.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR MYERS removed his objection.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
There being no further objection, Amendment 17, was adopted.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
2:30:11 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR SHOWER moved to adopt Amendment 18 to SB 74 [work order                                                                 
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OFFERED IN THE SENATE                         BY SENATOR SHOWER                                                                 
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SENATOR KIEHL objected for discussion purposes.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
2:30:03 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  SHOWER stated  the  justification was  the  same as  for                                                               
Amendment 17, such that the  airport project would be constructed                                                               
in the future on the regular AIP project list.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
2:30:04 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  MYERS stated  that Amendment  18 covered  the Hyder  Float                                                               
Breakwater Replacement project.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR KIEHL objected for discussion purposes.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
2:30:18 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR KIEHL asked for clarification  that the Hyder Float would                                                               
be federally funded.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
2:30:44 PM                                                                                                                    
JOHN  BINDER,  AIAS   Executive  Director,  Alaska  International                                                               
Airport   System,  Department   of   Transportation  and   Public                                                               
Facilities (DOTPF), Anchorage, Alaska,  stated he was unsure that                                                               
this project  would fall  under statewide  aviation but  he would                                                               
confirm it with his team.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
2:31:11 PM                                                                                                                    
MS. SCHULTZ explained that the  Hyder Float was a municipal owned                                                               
harbor. The  presumption is  that DOTPF  would contract  out this                                                               
work. She stated  that no one was online that  could speak to the                                                               
project.  She elaborated  that the  Hyder Harbor  has been  going                                                               
through dredging and reconstruction  over the last several years.                                                               
It was  determined to be a  high need area to  allow residents to                                                               
have seaplane and boat access.  This project was deemed worthy of                                                               
investment.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
2:32:13 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  MICCICHE  asked if  the  maker  of the  amendment  would                                                               
consider tabling it until the next meeting.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR SHOWER remarked the motion was still under objection.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
2:32:31 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR KIEHL removed his objection.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR MYERS solicited a motion to table Amendment 18.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR SHOWER moved to table Amendment 18.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
There being no further objection, Amendment 18 was tabled.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
2:32:53 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR MYERS moved to adopt Amendment 19 to SB 74 [work order 32-                                                                
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                          AMENDMENT 19                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
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SENATOR SHOWER objected for discussion purposes.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR MYERS asked whether this followed the same pattern as                                                                     
other airports.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MS. SCHULTZ agreed that the Klawock Airport would follow the                                                                    
same pattern.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
2:33:30 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR MICCICHE asked her to confirm that the Klawock Airport                                                                  
was scheduled.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MS. SCHULTZ replied that the Klawock Airport was on the approved                                                                
project list and would be done on the normal schedule.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
2:34:02 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR SHOWER removed his objection.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
There being no further objection, Amendment 19 was adopted.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
2:34:16 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR MYERS moved to adopt Amendment 20 to SB 74 [work order 32-                                                                
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SENATOR SHOWER objected for discussion purposes.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR MYERS stated that this was for the Kotzebue Cape Blossom                                                                  
Road Project.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MS. SCHULTZ explained that the state match was achieved through                                                                 
third party funding so this project has been funded and would                                                                   
move forward.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
2:34:44 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR SHOWER removed his objection.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
There being no further objection, Amendment 20 was adopted.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
2:35:01 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR KIEHL moved to adopt Amendment 21, [work order 32-                                                                      
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                          AMENDMENT 21                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
OFFERED IN THE SENATE                          BY SENATOR KIEHL                                                                 
     TO:  SB 74                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
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CHAIR MYERS objected for discussion purposes.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR KIEHL explained that Amendment 21 would not change any                                                                  
of the projects but it comports with the law requiring bond                                                                     
projects to identify projects being funded. He related that this                                                                
language lists projects that the governor's office proposed.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR MICCICHE asked about the list of harbors.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
2:35:51 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  KIEHL   related  that  this   listed  the   projects  in                                                               
alphabetical  order.  He  related  the key  thing  was  that  the                                                               
governor proposed the exact dollar  amount for these projects. He                                                               
was unsure if the backup information contained the whole list.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR MYERS removed his objection.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
There being no further objection, Amendment 21, was adopted.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
2:36:54 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR SHOWER moved to adopt Amendment 22 to SB 74 [work order                                                                 
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                          AMENDMENT 22                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
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CHAIR MYERS objected for discussion purposes.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
2:37:25 PM                                                                                                                    
MS. SCHULTZ explained that the Nome Airport does not have any                                                                   
scheduled construction projects in the short term.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR MYERS advised that this was being removed for a lack of                                                                   
any project.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR MYERS removed his objection.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
2:37:54 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR SHOWER remarked he was surprised at the number of                                                                       
projects in the bill in which work was not yet scheduled.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
There being no further objection, Amendment 22 was adopted.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
2:38:24 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR MYERS moved to adopt Amendment 23 to SB 74, [work order                                                                   
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SENATOR SHOWER objected for discussion purposes.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
2:38:46 PM                                                                                                                    
MS. SCHULTZ explained that the Parks Highway Little Goldstream                                                                  
Creek Bridge project has already gone out for contract so it                                                                    
could be removed from this list.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
2:38:53 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR SHOWER removed his objection.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
There being no further objection, Amendment 23 was adopted.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
2:39:25 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR SHOWER moved to adopt Amendment 24, [work order 32-                                                                     
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                          AMENDMENT 24                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
OFFERED IN THE SENATE                         BY SENATOR SHOWER                                                                 
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CHAIR MYERS objected for discussion purposes.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MS. SCHULTZ said the Utqiaguik Airport does not have programmed                                                                 
construction in the near term.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
2:39:40 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR SHOWER reiterated his comments related to airport                                                                       
projects that were still on the AIP list for future projects.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR MYERS removed his objection.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
There being no further objection, Amendment 24 was adopted.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
2:40:14 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR SHOWER moved to adopt Amendment 25 [work order 32-                                                                      
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                          AMENDMENT 25                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
OFFERED IN THE SENATE                         BY SENATOR SHOWER                                                                 
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CHAIR MYERS objected for discussion purposes.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MS. SCHULTZ explained that the Wasilla Airport was not a state                                                                  
owned airport.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
2:40:31 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR KIEHL asked if the project qualified for federal AIP                                                                    
funds.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MS. SCHULTZ deferred to Mr. Binder.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MR. BINDER responded that the DOTPF confirmed that the Wasilla                                                                  
Airport does not have any current projects programmed.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR MYERS removed his objection.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
There being no further objection, Amendment 25 was adopted.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
2:41:37 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR SHOWER moved to adopt Amendment 26 to SB 74 [work order                                                                 
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                          AMENDMENT 26                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
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CHAIR MYERS objected for discussion purposes.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  SHOWER  explained  Amendment   26  related  to  the  UAA                                                               
[University  of  Alaska]  Building Energy  Performance  Upgrades.                                                               
Some questions were  raised earlier as to  the appropriateness of                                                               
including some  projects as GO  Bond projects. He  suggested that                                                               
this  might not  be the  most appropriate  way to  pay for  these                                                               
upgrades.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
2:42:15 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR MYERS recalled earlier testimony  on the GO Bond savings as                                                               
compared to expenditures. He related  his understanding that this                                                               
was a  20-year bond, but  it would take  36 years to  achieve the                                                               
savings on these upgrades.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
2:42:58 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  KIEHL  made  remarks  that   pertained  to  a  different                                                               
project.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
2:43:36 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR MYERS clarified  that Amendment 26 related  to UAA Building                                                               
Energy Upgrades.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR KIEHL  acknowledged his remarks pertained  to a different                                                               
project.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
2:44:06 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR KIEHL asked  how much of the $10.9 million  was for major                                                               
maintenance  and how  much  related to  new  insulation or  other                                                               
items.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
2:44:48 PM                                                                                                                    
CHRISTOPHER   MCCONNELL,   Director,    Facilities   Planning   &                                                               
Construction,  University  of  Alaska Anchorage,  explained  that                                                               
this  project   would  reduce   liability  on   three  facilities                                                               
constructed  in the  early 70s.  He explained  that this  project                                                               
includes upgrades to  boilers and air handlers,  LED lighting and                                                               
converting  outdated  pneumatic  controls  to  DDC  controls  for                                                               
energy  efficiency.  The   estimated  savings  were  conservative                                                               
figures. The  UAA system  failure costs  totaled $3  million last                                                               
year. He  anticipated those costs were  on track to be  about the                                                               
same for this  year. He recapped that this would  be a timely and                                                               
critical investment in the  university's infrastructure that will                                                               
allow it to maintain business continuity.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
2:46:32 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR MYERS asked for the life expectancy of the buildings.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MR.  MCCONNELL  replied  he  did   not  have  the  explicit  life                                                               
expectancy  of   the  facilities.  He  offered   to  provide  the                                                               
committee with a current facility condition index.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  MYERS asked  if he  had a  better annual  savings estimate                                                               
than the $300,000 per year.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MR.  MCCONNELL responded  that he  would have  additional figures                                                               
next month.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
2:47:58 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR SHOWER remarked that most  of the projects were necessary                                                               
infrastructure, upgrades,  or repairs. While it  seemed as though                                                               
the committee does  not support these projects, it  is more about                                                               
how to appropriately  fund them. He said he was  willing to table                                                               
or withdraw Amendment 26.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
2:48:52 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR MICCICHE  preferred to  table Amendment  26 to  allow the                                                               
UAA to provide additional information.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
2:49:23 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR SHOWER moved to table Amendment 26.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
There being no further objection, Amendment 26 was tabled.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
2:49:40 PM                                                                                                                    
At ease                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:51:50 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR MYERS reconvened the meeting.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
2:51:55 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR KIEHL moved to adopt Amendment 11 to SB 74 [work order                                                                  
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2:52:10 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR KIEHL indicated Amendment 11 contained a mistake.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR KIEHL moved to adopt  Conceptual Amendment 1 to Amendment                                                               
11  to reinstate  funding  for the  Unalaska  Harbor project.  He                                                               
explained that he did not mean to pull the project out.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
[The  committee  treated  it  as   though  someone  objected  for                                                               
discussion purposes.]                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
2:52:38 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR MYERS  related his understanding that  Conceptual Amendment                                                               
1  would  reinstate  the  Unalaska  Harbor  project  rather  than                                                               
including it in this amendment.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR MICCICHE asked him to identify it in the bill.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
2:53:05 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR KIEHL referred to page 6, line  3 of SB 74, Version A, to                                                               
the Unalaska Harbor at $9.3 million.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR MYERS restated that Conceptual  Amendment 1 would reinstate                                                               
Unalaska Harbor on page 6, line 3 of SB 74.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
2:53:22 PM                                                                                                                    
There being no  further objection, the Conceptual  Amendment 1 to                                                               
Amendment 11 was adopted.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
2:53:41 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  KIEHL explained  that Amendment  11,  as amended,  would                                                               
remove the remaining  highway and bridge projects  that were STIP                                                               
projects  or AIP  projects.  Fundamentally,  as Senator  Micciche                                                               
mentioned earlier,  it is an  inefficient way to use  bond funds.                                                               
He offered his  support for bond funding  to build transformative                                                               
projects.  However, borrowing  general  fund match  each year  to                                                               
receive FHWA  funding does not  make fiscal or project  sense. He                                                               
stated that  these projects  were scheduled  and planned.  He has                                                               
never seen  the state not match  federal projects. It would  be a                                                               
different question if including these  projects in the bond would                                                               
bring in  more federal  funds or speed  up projects.  However, it                                                               
would not  do so.  This will  leave the  state bond  capacity for                                                               
projects that could really move the state forward.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
2:55:24 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR MICCICHE referred  to page 4, line 23 of  SB 74. He asked                                                               
for an explanation of the $25 million that remains.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
2:55:53 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  MYERS related  his understanding  that  this would  remove                                                               
most  of DOTPF  projects except  for Craig  Harbor and  the Hyder                                                               
Float Breakwater. He  stated that Wasilla Airport was  not on the                                                               
list of projects  being deleted, although it was  addressed in an                                                               
earlier amendment.  In response  to Senator  Kiehl, he  added the                                                               
Harbor Matching  Grant Fund to the  list. The effect was  that it                                                               
would increase slightly by retaining the Unalaska Harbor.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
2:56:51 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR KIEHL  agreed. The  overall effect was  to make  room for                                                               
other projects by removing scheduled projects from the list.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR MYERS removed his objection.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
2:57:17 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR MICCICHE  objected. He explained  that some  items needed                                                               
to  be shifted  in  Amendment  11. He  suggested  he may  support                                                               
Amendment  11 but  he  would  be more  comfortable  with a  clean                                                               
amendment. He  suggested the committee  take this up at  the next                                                               
meeting after sorting through the changes.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR MYERS agreed that numerous changes were made.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR KIEHL deferred to the Chair.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR SHOWER offered  support to table the  amendment until the                                                               
next meeting.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
2:58:33 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR KIEHL made a motion to table Amendment 11.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
There being no further objection, Amendment 11 was tabled.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
2:59:23 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  MICCICHE remarked  that  he appreciated  the support  to                                                               
address SB 74  later to ensure that the  process flowed smoothly.                                                               
He  suggested  that  the  committee  could  further  discuss  the                                                               
philosophy of bonding at the next meeting.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
[SB 74 was held in committee.]                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
2:59:54 PM                                                                                                                    
There being no further business to come before the committee,                                                                   
Chair Myers the adjourned the Senate Transportation Standing                                                                    
Committee meeting at 2:59 p.m.                                                                                                  

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
SB74 Amendments 1-26 as of 3.18.21.pdf STRA 3/18/2021 1:30:00 PM
SB 74
SB74 Amendment Actions 3.18.21.pdf STRA 3/18/2021 1:30:00 PM
SB 74