Legislature(1993 - 1994)

03/20/1993 08:00 AM STA

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  HCR 8:  COMMITTEE MEETINGS: NOTICE AND ACTIONS                               
                                                                               
  Number 240                                                                   
                                                                               
  CHAIRMAN VEZEY read the title to HCR 8 and invited its                       
  sponsor, Representative Jim Nordlund to deliver his                          
  statement.                                                                   
                                                                               
  Number 245                                                                   
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE JIM NORDLUND, PRIME SPONSOR OF HCR 8,                         
  explained the intent of the resolution to streamline the                     
  committee process.  He said most committees are already                      
  following the practices laid down by HCR 8, but the                          
  procedures need to be formalized.  HCR 8 would establish a                   
  Wednesday rule for committee reporting of the following                      
  week's calendar, and then a publication date of Thursday by                  
  the clerk.  HCR 8 would also establish a notification                        
  procedure for introducing new bills and the date of the next                 
  hearing on already-heard bills.  At the same time, HCR 8                     
  would allow full participation, including voting and signing                 
  of reports by those attending by teleconference.                             
                                                                               
  Number 405                                                                   
                                                                               
  CHAIRMAN VEZEY expressed his concern with section two, which                 
  would allow full participation and voting in the meeting,                    
  and asked if that might also allow someone who might not                     
  attend a full meeting to sign a committee report as if they                  
  had.                                                                         
                                                                               
  Number 424                                                                   
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE NORDLUND did not believe so, but said he                      
  would be open to amending HCR 8 to please the committee.  He                 
  stated his prime concern was to make the legislature more                    
  accessible to people outside of Juneau.  He also pointed out                 
  HCR 8's intent to allow only bills to be introduced by a                     
  majority of a committee.                                                     
                                                                               
  Number 472                                                                   
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE KOTT asked if Representative Nordlund had                     
  ever been prevented from speaking on a bill introduced by                    
  the majority.                                                                
                                                                               
  Number 475                                                                   
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE NORDLUND said that had never happened.                        
                                                                               
  ADJOURNMENT                                                                  
                                                                               
  Number 480                                                                   
                                                                               
  CHAIRMAN VEZEY noted the time, and told the committee HCR 8                  
  would have to be heard at another time, since other                          
  committees were near their convening time.  He adjourned the                 
  meeting at 10:07 a.m.                                                        

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