Legislature(2005 - 2006)CAPITOL 124

04/05/2005 08:00 AM COMMUNITY & REGIONAL AFFAIRS


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* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+= HB 2 TAX ON COMMERCIAL VESSEL PASSENGERS TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+= HB 28 MUNICIPAL DIVIDEND PROGRAM TELECONFERENCED
Scheduled But Not Heard
+= HB 36 APPROP: MUNI REVENUE SHARING/SAFE COMM TELECONFERENCED
Scheduled But Not Heard
+= HB 49 MUNICIPAL AID GRANTS TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHB 49(CRA) Out of Committee
Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled
HB  49-MUNICIPAL AID GRANTS                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR THOMAS announced that the  final order of business would                                                               
be HOUSE BILL  NO. 49, "An Act relating to  municipal aid grants;                                                               
and providing for an effective date."                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
10:00:27 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE   NORMAN  ROKEBERG,   Alaska  State   Legislature,                                                               
sponsor, noted  that he  has reviewed  an amendment,  labeled 24-                                                               
LS0192\G.1,   Cook,    4/1/05,   from    Representative   Salmon.                                                               
Representative  Rokeberg   said  that   he  wants  to   move  the                                                               
legislation  so  that he  can  request  a  hearing in  the  House                                                               
Finance   Committee.     Representative   Rokeberg  related   his                                                               
understanding that  the aforementioned  amendment would  add some                                                               
$10,000  for  unincorporated   areas.    Representative  Rokeberg                                                               
recalled  that before  revenue  sharing was  not  funded at  all,                                                               
[unincorporated  communities]  were   granted  funding  that  had                                                               
decreased to  the $3,500 level.   He  left [whether to  adopt the                                                               
amendment]  to  the committee  to  decide,  but noted  that  he's                                                               
trying to manage the fiscal note rather than increase it.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
10:01:56 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  SALMON moved  that committee  adopt Amendment  1,                                                               
labeled 24-LS0192\G.1, Cook, 4/1/05, which read:                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     Page 1, line 1, following "grants":                                                                                      
          Insert    "for    municipalities    and    certain                                                                  
     unincorporated communities"                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     Page 1, line 7, following "subsection.":                                                                                   
          Insert "Each fiscal year the department shall pay                                                                     
     a  municipal aid  grant of  $10,000 to  each community.                                                                    
     The department  with advice from the  Department of Law                                                                    
     shall determine  whether there is in  each community an                                                                    
     incorporated  nonprofit  entity  or  a  Native  village                                                                    
     council that will agree to  receive and spend the grant                                                                    
     for the  benefit of  the community.   If there  is more                                                                    
     than  one   qualified  entity   in  a   community,  the                                                                    
     department shall pay  the grant to the  entity that the                                                                    
     department finds  most qualified  to receive  and spend                                                                    
     the money.   The department may not pay the  grant to a                                                                    
     Native  village  council   unless  the  council  waives                                                                    
     immunity   from  suit   for  claims   arising  out   of                                                                    
     activities  of the  council related  to the  grant.   A                                                                    
     waiver  of immunity  from  suit  under this  subsection                                                                    
     must be  on a form  provided by the Department  of Law.                                                                    
     If there is no  qualified incorporated nonprofit entity                                                                    
     or  Native  village  council in  a  community  that  is                                                                    
     willing  to  receive  the grant,  the  grant  for  that                                                                    
     community  may not  be paid.   Neither  this subsection                                                                    
     nor any  action taken  under it enlarges  or diminishes                                                                    
     the governmental authority or  jurisdiction of a Native                                                                    
     village council."                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     Page 1, lines 10 - 11:                                                                                                     
          Delete "equal grants in the reduced amount to all                                                                     
     municipalities"                                                                                                            
          Insert "grants reduced by an equal percentage to                                                                      
     all municipalities and eligible communities"                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     Page 1, line 12, following "section,":                                                                                     
          Insert                                                                                                                
               "(1)  "community" means a place in the                                                                           
     unorganized borough that is not incorporated as a city                                                                     
       and in which 25 or more persons reside as a social                                                                       
     unit;                                                                                                                      
               (2)"                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KOTT objected for discussion purposes.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
10:02:10 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SALMON  explained that  Amendment 1  would provide                                                               
$10,000 to each municipality.  He  opined that it's unfair to the                                                               
unorganized  and   smaller  communities  that   wouldn't  receive                                                               
anything  under  HB  49.    He commented  that  the  $10,000  was                                                               
[randomly  selected], and  therefore  returning  to $3,500  would                                                               
even be acceptable.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
10:03:07 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SALMON  moved to amend  Amendment 1 such  that the                                                               
grant amount of $10,000 would be  changed to $3,500.  There being                                                               
no objection, the amendment to Amendment 1 was adopted.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Therefore, Amendment 1, as amended, was before the committee.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KOTT  maintained his objection to  Amendment 1, as                                                               
amended.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
10:04:00 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  ROKEBERG, in  response to  Representative Neuman,                                                               
confirmed that  the legislature did  pass legislation  that added                                                               
some  $6 million  for fuel  assistance  to organized  communities                                                               
throughout the state.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR   THOMAS  noted   a  House   floor   amendment  to   the                                                               
aforementioned  legislation  that  would've  provided  $3,500  to                                                               
unorganized communities failed.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
10:04:57 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE ROKEBERG  interjected that the  legislation wasn't                                                               
intended as  fuel assistance but  rather [to  provide assistance]                                                               
with no strings attached.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
10:05:26 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
A  roll call  vote was  taken.   Representatives LeDoux,  Neuman,                                                               
Cissna,  Salmon, and  Thomas voted  in favor  of the  adoption of                                                               
Amendment 1,  as amended.   Representatives Kott and  Olson voted                                                               
against it.   Therefore, Amendment 1, as amended,  was adopted by                                                               
a vote of 5-2.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
10:06:09 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE NEUMAN moved  to report HB 49, as  amended, out of                                                               
committee  with individual  recommendations and  the accompanying                                                               
fiscal  notes.    There  being no  objection,  CSHB  49(CRA)  was                                                               
reported from  the House Community and  Regional Affairs Standing                                                               
Committee.                                                                                                                      

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