Legislature(2001 - 2002)

05/06/2001 11:34 AM FIN

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SENATE BILL NO. 137                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     "An Act relating to the allocation of money                                                                                
     appropriated to the Alaska Human Resource Investment                                                                       
     Council; and providing for an effective date."                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MARY  JACKSON,   STAFF,  SENATOR  TORGERSON,   explained  the                                                                   
legislation.  She observed  that  HB 239  was  passed by  the                                                                   
previous  Legislature.  House  Bill  239  established  a  new                                                                   
technical  and  vocational  education  program.  In  lieu  of                                                                   
regulations,  the first  year  funding went  directly to  the                                                                   
three public  institutions. Regulations  still have  not been                                                                   
adopted.  House  Bill  137  would  extend  funding  financial                                                                   
provisions for three years to the same institutions.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Mulder MOVED to ADOPT  proposed committee substitute                                                                   
work  draft,   LS0719\F,  Cramer   5/3/01.  There   being  NO                                                                   
OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Bunde  noted that  the funding distributions  were                                                                   
changed.  Co-Chair  Mulder  explained  that there  is  now  a                                                                   
vocational  center in  Galena. Four percent  of the  proceeds                                                                   
were transferred  from the Kotzebue  Technical Center  to the                                                                   
Galena Project Education Vocation Training Center.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Representative  John  Davies questioned  the  impact  of a  4                                                                   
percent  reduction for  the  Kotzebue Technical  Center.  Co-                                                                   
Chair  Mulder  noted  that Kotzebue  Technical  Center  would                                                                   
still  receive $318  thousand dollars.  Galena would  receive                                                                   
approximately  $182  thousand   dollars.  The  University  of                                                                   
Alaska  would  receive  $3.51  million  dollars.  The  Alaska                                                                   
Vocational  Technical  Center   would  receive  $1.2  million                                                                   
dollars.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair  Bunde  questioned  the rationale  of  taking  the                                                                   
funding from the Kotzebue Technical Center.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Representative Davies MOVED to  ADOPT Amendment 1: University                                                                   
of  Alaska  63  percent,  Kotzebue   Technical  Center  -  11                                                                   
percent,  and Galena  Project  Education Vocational  Training                                                                   
Center at 4%.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Jackson   noted  that  the  Kotzebue   Technical  Center                                                                   
received slightly more than 11  percent in the previous year.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
There being NO OBJECTION, Amendment 1 was adopted.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
HCS CSSB 137 (FIN)  was REPORTED out of Committee  with a "do                                                                   
pass"  recommendation  and  with   two  previously  published                                                                   
fiscal note  s (#1  and #2)  by the  Department of Labor  and                                                                   
Workforce Development and the Senate Finance Committee.                                                                         

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