Legislature(1997 - 1998)

03/25/1997 09:03 AM FIN

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       SB 68  TASK FORCE ON PRIVATIZATION                                      
                                                                               
       SENATOR  DONLEY  MOVED  to  RESCIND previous  committee                 
       action  of   reporting  out  CSSB   68(FIN).    Without                 
       objection, the  action was  rescinded.   SENATOR DONLEY                 
                                                                               
                                                                               
       MOVED to ADOPT  CSSB 68(FIN).   It was ADOPTED  without                 
       objection.  SENATOR DONLEY MOVED Amendment  #4. Without                 
       objection, Amendment  #4 was  ADOPTED.   SENATOR DONLEY                 
       MOVED  Amendment  #3.    Senators  Torgerson  and Adams                 
       objected.  A vote was taken and the amendment failed by                 
       a 5 to  1 vote.  SENATOR ADAMS MOVED  CSSB 68(FIN) from                 
       committee  with  individual   recommendations  and   an                 
       updated fiscal note, then WITHDREW his motion.  SENATOR                 
       DONLEY MOVED to  RESCIND previous action of  failing to                 
       adopt Amendment #3.  COCHAIR  PEARCE objected.  SENATOR                 
       DONLEY WITHDREW his  motion to rescind.   SENATOR ADAMS                 
       renewed his  motion to  move the  bill from  committee.                 
       Without further  objection, CSSB  68(FIN) was  REPORTED                 
       OUT  with  new fiscal  notes  from  Legislative Affairs                 
       Agency   (17.9),  Office   of  Management   and  Budget                 
       (indeterminate)    and    Office   of    the   Governor                 
       (indeterminate).                                                        
                                                                               
  COCHAIR SHARP explained that the  bill had been reported out                 
  of committee  on  3-21-97 but  there had  been a  difference                 
  between the actual amendment and what the drafter put in the                 
  CS,  so  he wanted  to bring  it  back before  committee for                 
  clarification.                                                               
                                                                               
  SENATOR DONLEY MOVED to RESCIND previous committee action of                 
  reporting out CSSB  68(FIN).  Without objection,  the action                 
                                                                               
                                                                               
  was rescinded.                                                               
                                                                               
  SENATOR DONLEY  commented that  he had  spoken with  SENATOR                 
  PARNELL about  his concern.  He explained  that the specific                 
  amendment adopted previously dealt with modifying the number                 
  of members of the task force.  The amendment draft sent over                 
  by Legal Services was  different than what they  intended to                 
  draft.   The proposed CS  before the committee  reflects the                 
  actual motion to  Section 2, page  2.  COCHAIR SHARP  stated                 
  for clarification that  the confusion was over page 2, lines                 
  6-7,  and that  the  proposed CS  was  the correct  version.                 
  SENATOR DONLEY concurred, adding that  it was what had  been                 
  discussed and voted on.                                                      
                                                                               
  SENATOR DONLEY MOVED to ADOPT CSSB  68(FIN).  It was ADOPTED                 
  without objection.  SENATOR  DONLEY MOVED Amendment #4.   He                 
  explained  that   he  and  SENATOR  PARNELL   developed  the                 
  language.  Under the CS, the task force  selects a chair and                 
  vice-chair from among its members on page 2, line 14.   That                 
  would be deleted  and replaced with co-chairs,  one of which                 
  would be selected  by the  Senate President and  one by  the                 
  House Speaker.  They both thought that with past  experience                 
  with the Long  Range Financial Planning Commission  it would                 
  be a good idea to keep the legislature more active in it and                 
  have  more  direct  control.     COCHAIR  SHARP  called  for                 
  discussion or objection.  There being none, Amendment #4 was                 
  ADOPTED.                                                                     
                                                                               
  SENATOR DONLEY MOVED  Amendment #3.   It would  adopt a  new                 
  fiscal note to fund the additional public member proposed in                 
  the  CS and a full-time staff person to carry out the duties                 
  of the  task force  from July 1,  1997 to December  1, 1998.                 
  Senators  Torgerson  and  Adams  objected.    SENATOR  ADAMS                 
  opposed  the  additional  staff  position,  as  did  SENATOR                 
  TORGERSON, who added that he would rather hire a contractual                 
  facilitator rather than a staff person.                                      
                                                                               
  A roll call vote  was taken on the MOTION to adopt Amendment                 
                                                                               
  IN FAVOR: Donley                                                             
  OPPOSED:  Torgerson, Phillips, Adams, Pearce, Sharp                          
                                                                               
  And so, the MOTION FAILED (1-5).                                             
                                                                               
  COCHAIR SHARP called attention to  the $17.9 thousand fiscal                 
  note   from  Legislative   Affairs  Agency   and  noted   it                 
  accommodated the additional  member.  He  invited additional                 
  comments or amendments to SB 68 and there were none.                         
                                                                               
  SENATOR  ADAMS  MOVED  CSSB  68(FIN)  from   committee  with                 
  individual recommendations and an updated fiscal note.                       
                                                                               
  SENATOR DONLEY  reiterated his  position that  for the  task                 
                                                                               
                                                                               
  force to be effective  it needed personnel.  He  referred to                 
  significant staff cuts taken by the legislature and appealed                 
  to the committee to rescind their action in failing to adopt                 
  Amendment #3.                                                                
                                                                               
  SENATOR  ADAMS WITHDREW  his motion  at the  request of  the                 
  Cochair.                                                                     
                                                                               
  SENATOR DONLEY MOVED  to RESCIND previous action  of failing                 
  to adopt Amendment #3.  COCHAIR PEARCE objected and spoke to                 
  her objection.  She appreciated the concerns and agreed that                 
  to be credible, complete and have integrity,  the task force                 
  would need good staff with excellent writing and researching                 
  skills.   It  was  her belief  that  there existed  latitude                 
  within the  legislative budget  to provide staffing  without                 
  the  need  to  attach a  fiscal  note  to  the  bill.    She                 
  acknowledged inconsistencies  in the  past regarding  fiscal                 
  notes attached to  task force bills,  but noted that in  the                 
  past  two  years,  the  leadership  of both  houses  stepped                 
  forward to provide  adequate staffing.   She believed  there                 
  were adequate funds in the budget to do so again, if needed.                 
  She added  that Legislative  Finance, Legislative  Research,                 
  and  Legal  Services  staff  were  underutilized during  the                 
  interim, and the task force could benefit from some of their                 
  skills and availability.                                                     
                                                                               
  SENATOR  ADAMS  agreed and  added  that Legislative  Council                 
  could also get someone on contract.                                          
                                                                               
  SENATOR  DONLEY  WITHDREW his  motion  to rescind.   SENATOR                 
  ADAMS renewed his  motion to move  the bill from  committee.                 
  Without  further objection,  CSSB  68(FIN) was  REPORTED OUT                 
  with  new  fiscal  notes  from  Legislative  Affairs  Agency                 
  (17.9),  Office of Management and Budget (indeterminate) and                 
  Office of the Governor (indeterminate).                                      

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