Legislature(1993 - 1994)

05/04/1994 01:50 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                 
                                                                               
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            consideration.                                                     
  HOUSE BILL NO. 455                                                           
                                                                               
       "An  Act  making  and  amending operating  and  capital                 
       appropriations    and    ratifying     certain    state                 
       expenditures; and providing for an effective date."                     
                                                                               
  Representative Brown MOVED TO WITHDRAW the pending motion on                 
  Amendment #16 - the Department  of Transportation and Public                 
  Facilities' request  for  the  road  connecting  the  Seward                 
  Highway and the Port of Whittier.  There being NO OBJECTION,                 
  it was withdrawn.                                                            
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE JEANNETTE JAMES spoke in support of Amendment                 
  earnings of the  Alaska Science and Technology  endowment to                 
  the  University  of  Alaska,  Fairbanks,  agricultural   and                 
  forestry experiment station  for the virus-free seed  potato                 
  project.                                                                     
                                                                               
  Representative Foster MOVED  to adopt  Amendment #1.   There                 
  being NO OBJECTION, it was adopted.                                          
                                                                               
  RICHARD PEGUES, DIRECTOR, ADMINISTRATIVE  SERVICES DIVISION,                 
  DEPARTMENT OF LAW,  spoke in support  of Amendment #2  which                 
  would  provide the  sum of  $100 thousand  dollars from  the                 
  general fund  to  the Department  of Law  for attorney  fees                 
  related to Weiss versus  the State of Alaska for  the fiscal                 
  year ending June 30, 1994.                                                   
                                                                               
  Co-Chair Larson MOVED to adopt Amendment #2.  There being NO                 
  OBJECTION, it was adopted.                                                   
                                                                               
  JAMES  BALDWIN,  ASSISTANT ATTORNEY  GENERAL,  GENERAL CIVIL                 
  DIVISION, DEPARTMENT OF  LAW, spoke in support  of Amendment                 
  appropriated to the Department of Law for costs relating  to                 
  legal proceedings  involving oil and gas revenue due or paid                 
  to the  State or  state title to  oil and  gas land  for the                 
  fiscal year ending June 30, 1995.                                            
                                                                               
  Co-Chair  Larson  MOVED  to adopt  Amendment  #3.   Co-Chair                 
  MacLean  OBJECTED  suggesting  that  the  Department  of Law                 
  should  return  each  year to  request  additional  funding.                 
  Representative  Brown  spoke  in  support  of  Amendment  #3                 
  declaring  that   funding  the   amendment  would   indicate                 
  legislative support to the Department's effort.                              
                                                                               
  A roll call vote was taken on the MOTION.                                    
                                                                               
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       IN FAVOR:      Navarre,  Brown,   Foster,  Grussendorf,                 
                      Hoffman, Larson.                                         
       OPPOSED:       Parnell,  Therriault,  Hanley,   Martin,                 
                      MacLean.                                                 
                                                                               
  The MOTION PASSED (6-5).                                                     
                                                                               
  Representative   Brown  MOVED  to   adopt  Amendment  #4,  a                 
  recommendation of the Alaska  Judicial Council as instructed                 
  by  the  Legislature  in  order  to  implement  a  plan  for                 
  integration  of Alaska's  criminal justice  computer system.                 
  She  added that  information systems within  each department                 
  warrant major work.  The requested funding would cover costs                 
  for  preparation  of  a  system  within  the  Department  of                 
  Corrections  and  the  Department  of  Law.   Representative                 
  Parnell  understood that  the  Department  of Public  Safety                 
  currently was working on coordinating a statewide plan.  Co-                 
  Chair MacLean OBJECTED to adopting Amendment #4.                             
                                                                               
  A roll call vote was taken on the MOTION.                                    
                                                                               
       IN FAVOR:      Brown, Grussendorf, Hoffman, Navarre.                    
       OPPOSED:       Parnell,  Therriault,   Foster,  Martin,                 
                      MacLean, Larson.                                         
                                                                               
  Representative Hanley was not present for the vote.                          
                                                                               
  The MOTION FAILED (4-6).                                                     
                                                                               
  Representative Brown MOVED to adopt Amendment #5.                            
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE JOHN DAVIES explained  the $3 million dollars                 
  request would provide for an  appropriation from the general                 
  fund to the University  of Alaska for the completion  of the                 
  Natural Sciences Classroom building in Fairbanks.                            
                                                                               
  Representative  Navarre  MOVED  TO  AMEND  Amendment  #5  by                 
  deleting  "Natural Sciences"  and "Fairbanks"  and inserting                 
  "Kenai".   He  expressed discontent  with continual  capital                 
  improvement requests  by  the  University  for  campuses  in                 
  Fairbanks,  Anchorage  and  Juneau.   Representative  Davies                 
  stated  he  would  not  support   the  amended  language  as                 
  requested by Representative Navarre.  Representative Navarre                 
  WITHDREW THE MOTION to amend.  There being NO OBJECTION, the                 
  amended language was withdrawn.                                              
                                                                               
  Co-Chair  MacLean OBJECTED to adopting Amendment #5 pointing                 
  out that no construction money had been allocated to schools                 
  K-12 this year.                                                              
                                                                               
  Representative Davies stressed that the proposed request has                 
                                                                               
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  been a priority  project of the University for twenty years.                 
  The project  is  currently under  construction  and  nearing                 
  completion and  that without the appropriation  the building                 
  would be closed.   The  University would then  be forced  to                 
  spend $500 thousand  dollars to  just maintain the  building                 
  with no  students.  He  added that the  initial construction                 
  costs  had  been  deliberately  under-funded  and  that  the                 
  Legislature knew at that time that there would be additional                 
  financial need to  finish construction.  He  emphasized that                 
  each year the project is delayed  will waste the State money                 
  to maintain an empty building.                                               
                                                                               
  (Tape Change, HFC 94-157, Side 1).                                           
                                                                               
  A roll  call vote was taken on the MOTION to adopt Amendment                 
                                                                               
       IN FAVOR:      Brown, Grussendorf, Hoffman.                             
       OPPOSED:       Foster,   Martin,   Navarre,    Parnell,                 
  Therriault,                   Larson, MacLean.                               
                                                                               
  Representative Hanley was not present for the vote.                          
                                                                               
  The MOTION FAILED (3-7).                                                     
                                                                               
  NANCY SLAGLE, DIRECTOR, DIVISION OF BUDGET REVIEW, OFFICE OF                 
  MANAGEMENT AND  BUDGET, OFFICE  OF  THE GOVERNOR,  explained                 
  Amendment  #6,  a request  for a  supplemental appropriation                 
  increase from the Department of Law to pay a FY94 judgments.                 
  She added that the  $19,832 increase was created by  one new                 
  judgement received since the Department's last request which                 
  was submitted on April 30, 1994.                                             
                                                                               
  Representative  Brown MOVED to adopt Amendment #6 explaining                 
  that judgments are the State's obligation.  Co-Chair MacLean                 
  OBJECTED.                                                                    
                                                                               
  A roll call vote was taken on the MOTION.                                    
                                                                               
       IN FAVOR:      Brown,  Grussendorf,  Hoffman,   Martin,                 
                      Navarre, Parnell.                                        
       OPPOSED:       Therriault, Foster, Larson, MacLean.                     
                                                                               
  Representative Hanley was not present for the vote.                          
                                                                               
  The MOTION PASSED (6-4).                                                     
                                                                               
  Co-Chair Larson  MOVED  that the  lapse date  for the  Sitka                 
  School District and  the appropriation for seed  potatoes be                 
  extended until June 30, 1995.  There being NO OBJECTIONS, it                 
  was adopted.                                                                 
                                                                               
                                                                               
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  Reappropriation Budget                                                       
                                                                               
  BRUCE GERAGHTY, DEPUTY COMMISSIONER, DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY                 
  AND REGIONAL  AFFAIRS, requested that  the Committee  extend                 
  the Department's lapse on last  years appropriations to June                 
  30, 1995.                                                                    
                                                                               
  Co-Chair MacLean MOVED  to adopt  Amendment #1, which  would                 
  state  "the  unexpended  and  unobligated  balance   of  the                 
  appropriation  made in Sec. 6,  Ch.19, SLA1993, Page 4, Line                 
  22  [Operating  costs for  the  Department of  Community and                 
  Regional  Affairs to carry  out its  power and  duties under                 
  AS42.45 and AS44.47.050]  and lapses  into the general  fund                 
  June 30, 1995".  Representative Navarre OBJECTED.                            
                                                                               
  A roll call vote was taken on the MOTION.                                    
                                                                               
       IN FAVOR:      Foster,  Grussendorf, Hoffman,  MacLean,                 
                      Larson.                                                  
       OPPOSED:       Parnell,   Therriault,  Brown,   Hanley,                 
                      Martin, Navarre.                                         
                                                                               
  The MOTION FAILED (5-6).                                                     
                                                                               
  Representative Brown WITHDREW Amendment #4.   There being NO                 
  OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                
                                                                               
  Co-Chair MacLean  MOVED to  adopt Amendment  #3 which  would                 
  provide  funding for  the Cambridge  Way/Tudor  Road traffic                 
  signal  and  Cambridge  Way improvements.    There  being NO                 
  OBJECTIONS, Amendment #3 was adopted.                                        
                                                                               
  Co-Chair MacLean  MOVED to  adopt Amendment  #4 which  would                 
  provide  funding  for   the  Municipality  of   Anchorage  -                 
  signalization  at  36th  Avenue  and Cottonwood  Street  and                 
  Locarno  Street  in  the amount  of  $214  thousand dollars.                 
  There being NO OBJECTIONS, it was adopted.                                   
                                                                               
  HB 455 was HELD in Committee for further consideration.                      

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