Legislature(1993 - 1994)
04/19/1994 03:10 PM FIN
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HB 455 An Act making and amending operating and capital appropriations and ratifying certain state expenditures; and providing for an effective date. HB 455 was HELD in Committee for further consideration. 1 HOUSE BILL 455 "An Act making and amending operating and capital appropriations and ratifying certain state expenditures; and providing for an effective date." 3 [Workdraft copy on file]. Section #9 NANCY SLAGLE, DIRECTOR, DIVISION OF BUDGET REVIEW, OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET, OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR, commented that Section #9 remained open. Section #9 would address judgments and claims of the Department of Law, an increase from $325,400 dollars to $1.221 million dollars. Co-Chair Larson advised that the amount had been determined by a memorandum as provided by Attorney General Botelho, 4/06/94. [Copy on file]. Section #16 Ms. Slagle advised that Section #16 would address the increase to federal receipts and a decrease to general funds. Section #16 references the judgments and settlements concerning Medical Assistance and reflects a greater participation by the federal government in that area. Section #28 Ms. Slagle pointed out that the changes to the disproportionate share program resulted from a miscalculation of the amount the State would receive in federal reimbursement. New Sections Following Section #50 Ms. Slagle clarified that the new section for the Department of Administration's request for $35 thousand dollars would address costs for the ethics complaints grievance awards. Ms. Slagle added that the new section for the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities would reference ratification of prior year expenditures. The new section for the Department of Commerce and Economic Development would explain Alaska Seafood Marketing extending the FY93 restricted program date and the use of FY93 revenues for expenditures in FY94. Ms. Slagle commented that the following sectional change for the Department of Public Safety would permit a ratification of expenditures. The new section for the Department of Corrections would address overtime litigation settlement for the canine unit in the amount of $163.9 thousand dollars. Ms. Brown questioned the settlement amount for that component. 4 (Tape Change, HFC 94-133, Side 2). Ms. Slagle continued that the following section would extend the lapse date for the Exxon Valdez Trustee Council restoration project within the Department of Fish and Game to the Department of Natural Resources. The following section would grant ratification to prior year expenditures within the Department of Administration. Ms. Slagle added that the following new section addressed the Department of Law, Legal Services and Operations, Weiss versus the State interim trail costs and attorney fees request for $492.1 thousand dollars. Ms. Slagle advised the Committee of a memorandum provided by Attorney General Botelho, 4/06/94, regarding the concerns. [Copy on file]. ELIZABETH SHAW, CHIEF, ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL, CIVIL DIVISION, DEPARTMENT OF LAW, stated that the claims had not been placed into the supplemental last year, and that consequently the requests covered both FY94 & FY95. Discussion followed between Representative Martin and Ms. Shaw regarding the large cost requested by the law firms and amount paid. Ms. Shaw pointed out that most of the sums of billed lawyer fees have gone through the court system and that a determination had been made as to the allowable costs and fees. She added that costs will vary depending on how much per hour an attorney may charge and that the costs include computer, research, paralegal and overhead projections. Section #55 Representative Brown questioned Section #55 which would roll forward the balance in the Rural Development Grants to June 30, 1995 instead of lapsing that account. Ms. Slagle replied that historically, there has been a problem with the rural development grants and that Section #55 would provide an extension for the grants in order to continue into FY95. REMOND HENDERSON, DIRECTOR, DIVISION OF ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES, DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY AND REGIONAL AFFAIRS, remarked that all the money has not yet been awarded and that the funds have not yet been encumbered. HB 455 was HELD in Committee for further consideration.