Legislature(2009 - 2010)
04/16/2010 10:47 AM FIN
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CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 230(FIN) "An Act making and amending appropriations, including capital appropriations, supplemental appropriations, and other appropriations; making appropriations to capitalize funds; and providing for an effective date." 10:47:34 AM Vice-Chair Thomas MOVED to ADOPT the work draft of the Committee Substitute (CS) SB 230, 26-GS2824\T, Kane, 4/16/10 as a working document. Co-Chair Stoltze OBJECTED for discussion. JAMES ARMSTRONG, STAFF, CO-CHAIR STOLTZE, stated that over the last 4 years, the Alaska Legislature's Capital Budget Submission and Information System (CAPSIS) had undergone upgrades. However, an existing technical glitch in the program had caused redundant information to be transmitted between the two bodies. The error had affected 8 different projects, which would need to be corrected. ROBERT CARPENTER, FISCAL ANALYST, LEGISLATIVE FINANCE DIVISION, LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS AGENCY, confirmed Mr. Armstrong's testimony. Mr. Armstrong pointed out to the committee that the first major change to the bill could be found in Section 10. The grants discussed in section 10 now refer only to municapalities. A new Section 13 covers the other named recipients. The effective date for Section 10 was April 19, 2010. The effective date for Section 13 was July 1, 2010. He assured the committee that each office affected by the technical errors would be informed immediately. 10:52:40 AM Representative Gara inquired of the total additions and deletions reflected in the newest version of the bill. Mr. Armstrong responded that $6 million had been taken from governor's mansion refurbishment request. Approximately $148,557,000 in general fund requests were removed and $21,620,000 in other funds. He added that the numbers would change when the 8 project errors were rectified. He shared that the figures could be found on the Legislative Finance website. Representative Gara expressed interested in funding for Medicare clinics, reportedly found in the latest version of the bill. Mr. Armstrong replied that the project could be found in Section 13. Co-Chair Stoltze WITHDREW his OBJECTION. There being NO further OBJECTION, Committee Substitute 26-GS2824\T, Kane, 4/16/10 was ADOPTED as a working document. Mr. Armstrong recommended that any questions or suggestions concerning the legislation be submitted to him via email. CSSB 230(FIN) was set aside until after the recess. 10:55:42 AM RECESSED 2:08:48 PM RECONVENED 2:08:55 PM CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 230(FIN) "An Act making and amending appropriations, including capital appropriations, supplemental appropriations, and other appropriations; making appropriations to capitalize funds; and providing for an effective date." 7:55:16 PM Co-Chair Stoltze announced that there would be a brief presentation on the progress of SB 230, which was still undergoing technical changes. He informed the committee that the physical document was still in the office of legislative finance. JAMES ARMSTRONG, STAFF, CO-CHAIR STOLTZE, discussed the document "2010 Legislature-Capital Budget Project Compare by Agency-House Structure (copy on file). The document lists the technical changes that had been made to the legislation. The first correction was the miscoding of an appropriation to the renewable energy fund. The second change was at the request of a house member and put $300,000 in the Alaska Association of Conservation Districts-Land Development and Project Management. The next change was for $40,000 to fund the Alaska Humanities Forum, followed by one-third of a request for the Alaska Public Telecommunications, Inc. for $50,000. The next change added $125,000 to the Bering Sea Fishermen's Association. Next was $500,000 for the Ketchikan Indian Community-Vocational Training School. A new request for $2,000,000 by the Naknek Electric Association, Inc. would be matched by congressional funds. Co-Chair Hawker noted that the match be made was requested by Senator Murkowski, who stated that the money will free $12.5 million in federal funding for the project. Representative Joule asked if this was the effort for geothermal. Co-Chair Hawker replied yes. Mr. Armstrong continued. The request for the North Star Volunteer Fire Department had been raised by $100,000 to $245,000. Another correction was made to funding for the Abbot Loop Traffic Calming Improvements, which was now $120,000. The next change was per the request from the mayor in Anchorage; the change would be detailed in the language section of the new bill version. Two separate appropriations or Anchorage Local Road Rehabilitation had been removed from the bill and added the existing appropriation. He noted that the two combined repayment equaled net zero. Next, $25,000 had been added for Bethel- Electric Utility Acquisition Study. Per the request of the sponsor 2 projects were reversed, Craig-Community Streets Improvements was added, Craig-Public Works Heavy Equipment Purchase and Replacement was deleted. The $230,000 Hooper Bay-Boat Harbor and Barge Landing Reconnaissance request was added. The Mat-Su Horseshoe Lake Road Upgrade was reduced by $300,000, per the request of the districts. Another net zero switch of projects was the Mat-Su New Generator for Swanson Elementary School was added and the Trapper Creek Fire Service Area was deleted as there is not a fire service area in Trapper Creek. One of the largest technical corrections was a $12,000,000 appropriation to the Northwest Arctic Borough-Northwest Magnet School and Kotzebue High School. He stated that $85,000 had been added for the Ninilchik -Senior Center Preservation. The last two changes were the addition of $2,000,000 for the Nome State Office Building Design and Construction, which was taken from the Nome Courthouse Deferred Maintenance and Remodel appropriation for $4,700,000, leaving that at $2,700,000, and providing a net zero. He shared that the Legislative Finance Website includes the language section amendments and side by side comparisons between the house and the senate requests. 8:03:53 PM Co-Chair Stoltze clarified that the website was WWW.LEGFIN.STATE.US Representative Gara asked about the amount allocated to fund the Medicare clinic. Mr. Armstrong replied that $1 million had been added for the clinic, with accompanying intent language. Representative Fairclough explained that the duplicated funds found in the original bill version were intergovernmental changes.