Legislature(1993 - 1994)

03/30/1993 05:00 PM TRA

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  HB 182 - APPROP: FAIRBANKS-NOME TRANS. CORRIDOR                              
  HB 183 - TRANSPORTATION CORRIDOR: FAIRBANKS-NOME                             
                                                                               
  Number 567                                                                   
                                                                               
  CHAIR FOSTER requested Representative James to come before                   
  the House Transportation Committee and provide the committee                 
  with an overview of her legislation, HB 182 and HB 183.                      
                                                                               
  Number 570                                                                   
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE JEANNETTE JAMES began her overview of the                     
  legislation, saying that HB 182 and HB 183 were intended to                  
  initiate preliminary and ultimately result in final action                   
  necessary to properly review, identify and survey the best                   
  options for establishment of a transportation/utility                        
  corridor from the Interior's existing transportation hub to                  
  the western area of the Seward Peninsula near Nome.                          
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE JAMES stated that the legislation directs the                 
  Department of Transportation to perform aerial                               
  reconnaissance, photography, interpretation and surveying.                   
  She mentioned that the Department of Transportation supports                 
  this work.  The appropriation for this project is included                   
  in HB 182 and will authorize the expenditure of funds                        
  necessary to secure this important land use transportation                   
  corridor as a step that will move the state forward to a                     
  more positive economic future for a very large portion of                    
  Alaska.                                                                      
                                                                               
  Number 587                                                                   
                                                                               
  CHAIR FOSTER referred to the proposed amendment to HB 183 to                 
  delete the language contained in section (e).                                
                                                                               
       DELETE on page 2, lines 30 through page 3, line 2:                      
       (2) except for contracts necessary under (1) of this                    
       subsection, may not contract for surveying, mapping,                    
       and engineering and design services; the northern                       
       region of the Department of Transportation and Public                   
       Facilities shall perform all work using personnel                       
       employed by that department.                                            
                                                                               
  Number 505                                                                   
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE VEZEY questioned the intent of the entire                     
  section (e) and requested the purpose of it being contained                  
  in the legislation.                                                          
                                                                               
  Number 595                                                                   
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE JAMES responded that the language was                         
  originally put in as a cost-saving measure and she would                     
  have no problem with the language being removed since it has                 
  been found that the department may be unable to handle this                  
  project and it would be cheaper to contract out.                             
                                                                               
  Number 645                                                                   
                                                                               
  CHAIR FOSTER asked Clyde Stoltzfus to come before the                        
  committee regarding the deletion of the entire section (e).                  
                                                                               
  MR. STOLTZFUS, CHIEF, OFFICE OF STRATEGIC MAGMT., PLANNING &                 
  POLICY, DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND PUBLIC FACILITIES                   
  (DOT/PF), replied that since the work would be cheaper by                    
  contract, the department would not oppose the language.                      
                                                                               
  Number 650                                                                   
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE MULDER replied that if the DOT/PF had no                      
  problems with the deletion of the section, and it could be                   
  done more economically, the option for contracting out                       
  should be available.                                                         
                                                                               
  Number 659                                                                   
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE MACKIE moved the proposed amendment to delete                 
  entire subsection (e) from the original version of HB 183.                   
                                                                               
  Number 669                                                                   
                                                                               
  CHAIR FOSTER noted there was no objection, thus the                          
  amendment passed.  He entertained a motion to moved HB 183                   
  as amended from committee.                                                   
                                                                               
  Number 671                                                                   
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE MULDER moved that CSHB 183(TRA) be passed                     
  from committee with individual recommendations.                              
                                                                               
  TAPE 92-13, SIDE 1                                                           
  Number 014                                                                   
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE JAMES referred to the appropriated amount                     
  included in HB 182, which was $7,300,300.                                    
                                                                               
  Number 026                                                                   
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE MENARD referred to the large amount and                       
  explained that the Finance Committee could address the                       
  fiscal impact of HB 182.                                                     
                                                                               
  Number 033                                                                   
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE DAVIS entertained a motion to move out HB 182                 
  with individual recommendation.  Hearing no objections, HB
  182 moved from committee with individual recommendations.                    
                                                                               
  Number 043                                                                   
                                                                               
  CHAIR FOSTER adjourned the meeting at 6:50 p.m.                              

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