Legislature(1993 - 1994)

05/09/1994 08:00 AM STA

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  SB 365am - GOVERNOR'S OMNIBUS BILL                                           
  CHAIRMAN VEZEY opened SB 365am for discussion.                               
  Number 100                                                                   
  (OMB), addressed SB 365am.  He stated OMB had asked the                      
  departments to point out things in their statutes which were                 
  old, out-dated, or could be done away with, in order to make                 
  things more efficient and operations easier.  From this                      
  request, early in the session, four bills were produced, SB
  365am being one of them.  He explained SB 365am did not have                 
  any additional revenues in it.  He noted there was a                         
  sectional analysis available.                                                
  CHAIRMAN VEZEY mentioned he had already been through SB
  365am and did not have any questions.                                        
  REPRESENTATIVE ULMER referred to the letter by the Alaska                    
  Citizens Transportation Coalition (ACTC), whereby their                      
  principal concern was with sections that give additional                     
  authority to the Department of Transportation and Public                     
  Facilities.  She quoted, "It makes no sense for the                          
  legislature to give a single administrator a blank check for                 
  approximately $200 million a year in federal transportation                  
  funds."  They're concerned about the extent to which the                     
  legislature is giving out its appropriation power to the                     
  Commissioner of Transportation and Public Facilites.  She                    
  asked for comment.                                                           
  Number 145                                                                   
  TRANSPORTATION AND PUBLIC FACILITIES, answered the                           
  committees questions on SB 365am.  He believed the ACTC                      
  letter was drafted prior to the amendments made in Senate                    
  Finance, and he believed the section they were referring to                  
  has now been removed.  In specific, the repeal of Section                    
  CHAIRMAN VEZEY pointed out he was not aware of anything in                   
  SB 365am that gave any of the departments appropriation                      
  Number 174                                                                   
  REPRESENTATIVE GARY DAVIS moved to move SB 365am from                        
  committee with individual recommendations and accompanying                   
  fiscal notes.                                                                
  CHAIRMAN VEZEY stated before the committee entertained a                     
  motion to move SB 365am from committee, it first needed to                   
  adopt some fiscal notes.  He noted there were eight zero                     
  fiscal notes to be adopted:  Department of Law; Department                   
  of Public Safety, Division of Motor Vehicles; Department of                  
  Administration, Leasing & Facilities; Office of the                          
  Governor, Management & Budget; Department of Transportation                  
  and Public Facilities; Department of Environmental                           
  Conservation, Environmental Quality; Department of Labor;                    
  and the Department of Corrections.                                           
  Number 200                                                                   
  REPRESENTATIVE G. DAVIS moved to adopt the eight fiscal                      
  CHAIRMAN VEZEY, hearing no objection, adopted the fiscal                     
  REPRESENTATIVE G. DAVIS interjected he had another question                  
  to ask MR. STASTNY.  He stated had been informed there was                   
  some controversy over the "preferred provider" section.                      
  CHAIRMAN VEZEY stated he was not aware of a "preferred                       
  provider" clause in SB 365am.                                                
  MR. STASTNY commented it was certainly not in SB 365am.                      
  CHAIRMAN VEZEY recollected REPRESENTATIVE G. DAVIS was                       
  referring to an amendment to an omnibus insurance bill that                  
  is in the process.                                                           
  REPRESENTATIVE ULMER mentioned she had another question to                   
  ask MR. STOLTZFUS.  She commented it is true that the                        
  appropriation section was removed, but she questioned why                    
  Department of Transportation wanted two other changes.  One                  
  is changing the six-year capital improvement program to                      
  three years, page 12, line 9.  The other is changing on page                 
  13, Section 29, so that the cost estimates for project                       
  funding are no longer required under that section.  She                      
  believed there used to be a cost estimation requirement in                   
  statute, with regard to priorities.                                          
  MR. STOLTZFUS asked, because he did not have a copy of the                   
  bill before him, for clarification of what statute was being                 
  REPRESENTATIVE ULMER responded AS 37.07.040, subsection (1).                 
  MR. STOLTZFUS answered the six-year plan DOT is required to                  
  report is actually in Section 1 and it remains a six-year                    
  plan.  He believed the discrepancy REPRESENTATIVE ULMER                      
  noticed referred to OMB, who is required to do a four-year                   
  plan.  The plan would be the current fiscal year plus three                  
  fiscal years succeeding.                                                     
  REPRESENTATIVE ULMER clarified DOT's six-year plan remains                   
  the same.                                                                    
  MR. STOLTZFUS answered correct, under the Senate amendments.                 
  REPRESENTATIVE ULMER inquired about AS 37.07.060, which does                 
  not require cost estimates for the projects.  Is there a                     
  particular reason for this.  She believed DOT usually                        
  includes cost estimates when it lists the projects.                          
  MR. STOLTZFUS answered correct.  The requirement is removed                  
  is that section because in the six-year plan "it is really a                 
  guess as to what those costs are."  The legislature sees                     
  this in the capital budget it receives from DOT.                             
  REPRESENTATIVE ULMER clarified the numbers are not                           
  sufficiently defined.                                                        
  MR. STOLTZFUS answered correct.                                              
  Number 289                                                                   
  CHAIRMAN VEZEY reiterated the motion before the committee is                 
  to adopt SB 365am with the eight attached zero fiscal notes.                 
  He called for a roll call vote.                                              
                 G. DAVIS, SANDERS, OLBERG.                                    
  The MOTION PASSED,                                                           
  CHAIRMAN VEZEY, having no further business before the                        
  committee, adjourned the meeting at 10:28.                                   

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