Legislature(2017 - 2018)CAPITOL 106

03/20/2017 08:00 AM EDUCATION

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Moved CSHB 135(EDC) Out of Committee
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Heard & Held
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            HB 135-SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION GRANT PROGRAM                                                                        
8:04:00 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DRUMMOND  announced that the  first order of  business would                                                              
be  HOUSE  BILL NO.  135,  "An  Act relating  to  school  district                                                              
participation in the school construction grant program."                                                                        
8:04:31 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE   TALERICO   moved   Amendment   1,   labeled   30-                                                              
LS0549\A.1, Glover, 3/9/17, which read:                                                                                         
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     "(g) The commissioner may extend the time allowed for                                                                      
     a district to provide the required participating share                                                                     
     if the district                                                                                                            
     (1) applies to the commissioner in writing to request                                                                      
     an extension;                                                                                                              
         (2) demonstrates good cause for the requested                                                                          
       (3) pays a portion of the district's participating                                                                       
     share that is based on available funds; and                                                                                
      (4) provides the commissioner with a plan for paying                                                                      
     the remaining portion as soon as possible."                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE FANSLER objected for discussion purposes.                                                                        
8:05:48 AM                                                                                                                    
The committee took an at-ease from 8:05 a.m. to 8:06 a.m.                                                                       
REPRESENTATIVE   TALERICO  read   Amendment  1  [text   previously                                                              
8:07:37 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE  DEAN WESTLAKE, Alaska  State Legislature,  sponsor                                                              
of HB 135, read Amendment 1 [text previously provided].                                                                         
8:08:46 AM                                                                                                                    
JESSE  LOGAN, Staff,  Representative Dean  Westlake, Alaska  State                                                              
Legislature, on  behalf of Representative Westlake,  sponsor of HB
135,  explained Amendment  1 allows  for a  waiver if  there is  a                                                              
plan  that a portion  of the  matching  grant will  be paid  [by a                                                              
school   district];  the   Department  of   Education  and   Early                                                              
Development   (DEED)  would   decide   if   available  funds   are                                                              
sufficient,   and  would   approve   a  payment   schedule.     He                                                              
acknowledged   there  is  concern   from  some  school   districts                                                              
regarding the  requirement of available  funds.  Mr.  Logan stated                                                              
the  intent  is for  the  department  to clarify  "what  available                                                              
funds would mean" and what portion the district would pay.                                                                      
REPRESENTATIVE JOHNSTON  concurred with the concern  and confusion                                                              
expressed by the  districts because it seems the  department would                                                              
decide  whether a  project is  viable and  warrants an  extension,                                                              
based on the local contribution  and a district's long-term plan.                                                               
MR. LOGAN agreed.                                                                                                               
REPRESENTATIVE JOHNSTON  surmised a community may not  wish to tie                                                              
up their funds on hand, and might  ask for minimum participation.                                                               
MR. LOGAN said correct.                                                                                                         
8:11:17 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE TALERICO  explained he  offered Amendment 1  in the                                                              
hope  school districts  could  set aside  designated  construction                                                              
funds for the  purpose of leveraging grant funds;  however, noting                                                              
school districts  are unsure  of the effect  of the  amendment, he                                                              
offered to withdraw Amendment 1.                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE FANSLER withdrew his objection to Amendment 1.                                                                   
8:12:08 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE TALERICO withdrew Amendment 1.                                                                                   
8:12:19 AM                                                                                                                    
The committee took an at-ease from 8:12 a.m. to 8:13 a.m.                                                                       
8:13:09 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE  PARISH moved Amendment  2, labeled  30-LS0549\A.2,                                                              
Glover, 3/13/17, which read:                                                                                                    
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REPRESENTATIVE JOHNSTON objected for discussion purposes.                                                                       
REPRESENTATIVE  WESTLAKE explained Amendment  2 would  direct that                                                              
the current  language of the bill  would not be applicable  to any                                                              
current  active or  issued grants.    If Amendment  2 is  adopted,                                                              
school districts  and boroughs  with active  grants may  apply for                                                              
an  extension under  the  provisions of  HB  135.   There are  two                                                              
schools  with  active grants;  Amendment  2  would only  apply  to                                                              
current, active  grants that have been recently  appropriated, and                                                              
which would lapse  after three years if participating  shares have                                                              
not been identified.                                                                                                            
8:15:02 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE JOHNSTON  withdrew her  objection.  There  being no                                                              
further objection, Amendment 2 was adopted.                                                                                     
CHAIR  DRUMMOND,   after  ascertaining  no  one   else  wished  to                                                              
testify, closed public testimony on HB 135.                                                                                     
8:16:04 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE PARISH  moved to report HB 135, as  amended, out of                                                              
committee  with individual  recommendations  and the  accompanying                                                              
fiscal  notes.    There being  no  objection,  CSHB  135(EDC)  was                                                              
reported from the House Education Standing Committee.                                                                           
8:16:23 AM                                                                                                                    
The committee took an at-ease from 8:16 a.m. to 8:19 a.m.                                                                       

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