Legislature(2005 - 2006)SENATE FINANCE 532

03/18/2005 09:00 AM FINANCE


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09:06:55 AM SB44
10:59:12 AM Adjourn
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     SENATE BILL NO. 46                                                                                                         
     "An  Act making capital  appropriations  and appropriations  to                                                            
      capitalize funds; and providing for an effective date."                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     SENATE BILL NO. 44                                                                                                         
     "An  Act making appropriations  for the  operating and  capital                                                            
     expenses of the state's  integrated comprehensive mental health                                                            
     program; and providing for an effective date."                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
This was  the third hearing  for these bills  in the Senate  Finance                                                            
Committee.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Department of Education and Early Development                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
KAREN  REHFELD, Deputy  Commissioner,  Department  of Education  and                                                            
Early  Development,  testified  that  the  first  20  items  in  the                                                            
Department  of  Education  and  Early  Development  portion  of  the                                                            
Governor's proposed  FY 06 capital budget are for  priority deferred                                                            
maintenance projects.  This $28.4 million request  would fund the 20                                                            
highest priority  items of a list of 71 major maintenance  projects.                                                            
She offered to  detail each project or answer questions  on specific                                                            
projects. Additional  information  is available on the Department's                                                             
web site.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     Migrate ACPE Integrated Voice Response (IVR) Application                                                                   
     $166,000 P-Sec Rcpt                                                                                                        
     Reference No.: 40055                                                                                                       
     Category: Education                                                                                                        
     Location: Statewide                                                                                                        
     Election District: Statewide                                                                                               
     Estimated Project Dates: 07/01/2005 - 06/30/2010                                                                           
     ACPE's AlaskAdvantage  loan and grant programs Customer Service                                                            
     section  is supported by an IVR  application that is  hosted on                                                            
     an  ETS  managed  IVR  platform.  This   call  center  services                                                            
     approximately  8000 callers per  month with automated  borrower                                                            
     specific  loan  information.  The  ETS  platform  is  aged  and                                                            
     failing  and  needs replacement.  ACPE  also needs  to  provide                                                            
     enhanced  IVR services.  It is ACPE's  intention [to]  move its                                                            
     IVR application  to a, hoped  for, new enterprise service  from                                                            
     ETS during FY 06.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
DIANE   BARRONS,   Executive   Director,    Alaska   Commission   on                                                            
Postsecondary   Education,   Department  of   Education  and   Early                                                            
Development,  testified that  the system is  in use 24 hours  a day,                                                            
seven days  a week. If the current  system failed, additional  staff                                                            
would be  necessary  to staff the  call center.  Also service  would                                                            
decline.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green asked for an explanation of the system.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Barrons detailed the  automated system in which a caller dials a                                                            
toll free number and is  able to confirm payments received, due date                                                            
of next payment and other account information.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Green understood  the  system  provides around  the  clock                                                            
access to information  regarding a borrower's account.  She asked if                                                            
the  Alaska  Commission  on  Postsecondary  Education  utilizes  the                                                            
system exclusively  or whether it  could be shared with other  state                                                            
agencies.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Barrons  indicated  that  the  possibility   of  an  enterprise                                                            
approach has been investigated.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
9:06:55 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     ACPE Migration to State IT Standards and Technology Refresh                                                                
     $291,900 P-Sec Rcpt                                                                                                        
     Reference No.: 40052                                                                                                       
     Category: Education                                                                                                        
     Location: Statewide                                                                                                        
     Election District: Statewide                                                                                               
     Estimated Project Dates: 07/01/2005 - 06/30/2010                                                                           
     One-Time Project                                                                                                           
     This project  is to upgrade the ACPE LAN and  PC infrastructure                                                            
     to  comply with both  Departmental and  Statewide standards  as                                                            
     well as software  licensing. It also results  in the additional                                                            
     benefit  of aligning  the ACPE LAN and  PC infrastructure  with                                                            
     EED's  overall plan. Migration  to Departmental standards  will                                                            
     allow  ACPE to potentially  reallocate  one LAN and PC  support                                                            
     position  to other IT programming and developmental  functions.                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Barrons  stated the funds would  be used to upgrade the  current                                                            
system.  Failure to "keep  up" would  put the  Division at risk  for                                                            
data loss.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:08:01 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     Preliminary Design for Museum, Archives and Library Building                                                               
     Expansion                                                                                                                  
     $1,400,000 ASLC Bonds                                                                                                      
     Reference No.: 35850                                                                                                       
     Category: Education                                                                                                        
     Location: Juneau Areawide                                                                                                  
     Election District: Juneau Areawide                                                                                         
     Estimated Project Dates: 07/01/2005 - 06/30/2010                                                                           
     Phased-underway project                                                                                                    
     The  property  adjacent to  the Alaska  State  Museum has  been                                                            
     purchased  and  this will  provide  funds for  the preliminary                                                             
     design  and planning of a combined  facility of 105,000  square                                                            
     feet.   The  expansion  would   provide  space,  security   and                                                            
     environmental  protections for  the Alaska State Museum,  State                                                            
     Archives and the State Library.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Rehfeld  reported the  total estimated  cost of this project  is                                                            
$40 million. Different "partners" would fund the project.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green asked when the property was purchased.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Rehfeld replied the  property was purchased three years prior at                                                            
a cost  of $1.5  million  and with  legislative  approval. The  next                                                            
stage  of   the  project   entails  design   work.  The   Department                                                            
unsuccessfully  requested funding for a portion of  the construction                                                            
costs  from the  US Congress.  The intent  is to  secure funds  from                                                            
private foundations and State and federal sources.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green asked the timeline of this project.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Rehfeld responded  that  the timeline  is dependant  upon  when                                                            
funding for  the design of  the project could  be secured.  Delay in                                                            
securing these funds would impact the construction costs.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Hoffman asked about  funding partners  and the anticipated                                                             
amounts that would be contributed from these sources.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Rehfeld  told of  conversations  with  representatives  of  the                                                            
Rasmuson Foundation  and with the  Alaska Congressional delegation.                                                             
These funds would not be committed until a design is finalized.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Senator Hoffman  anticipated that the State would  be major partner.                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Rehfeld  was unsure,  but hoped State  would support at  least a                                                            
portion of the costs.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Department of Fish and Game                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
9:11:55 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     Deferred Maintenance Facilities                                                                                            
     $400,000 Bond Funds                                                                                                        
     Reference No.: 30128                                                                                                       
     Category: Health/Human Services                                                                                            
     Location: Statewide                                                                                                        
     Election District: Statewide                                                                                               
     Estimated Project Dates: 07/01/2005 - 06/30/2010                                                                           
     On-Going Project                                                                                                           
     This   project  will  provide   for  repair,  maintenance   and                                                            
     renovation of department facilities statewide.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
TOM  LAWSON,   Director,   Division  of   Administrative   Services,                                                            
Department of Fish and  Game, testified this is an annual request to                                                            
provide for repairs and  maintenance of facilities across the state.                                                            
The Department has facilities at 40 locations.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:12:46 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     Fairbanks Infrastructure Renewal and Replacement Upgrades                                                                  
     $200,000 Bond Funds                                                                                                        
     Reference No.: 39885                                                                                                       
     Category: Health/Human Services                                                                                            
     Location: Fairbanks Areawide                                                                                               
     Election District: Fairbanks Areawide                                                                                      
     Estimated Project Dates: 07/01/2005 - 06/30/2007                                                                           
     One-Time Project                                                                                                           
     Previous  deferred  maintenance   CIP  Budgets  have  routinely                                                            
     listed  major  projects  necessary   to  upgrade  and  maintain                                                            
     compound  facilities in  Fairbanks as  well as other  statewide                                                            
     compounds.  Due  to the  size of the  projects  needed in  this                                                            
     location   they  no   longer  fit  into   a  general   deferred                                                            
     maintenance  request.  We are proposing  an individual  capital                                                            
     project  approach to  replace and upgrade  existing systems  in                                                            
     the  Regional  Office  complex   in Fairbanks.   The  Fairbanks                                                            
     Regional  Office is a long time ADF&G compound  and has reached                                                            
     the  point where maintenance  is not an  option on some  of the                                                            
     component systems.  Replacement and upgrades to the facility is                                                            
     now warranted.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Lawson  listed the most critical  portion of this project  is to                                                            
connect  the complex  to the  municipal  sewer system.  Currently  a                                                            
septic system is used because  municipal services were not available                                                            
at the  time of  construction.  However, the  facility has  recently                                                            
doubled in size and the existing system is inadequate.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green asked about the funding source.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Lawson replied that  the Office of Management and Budget decided                                                            
to include this project in the bond proposal.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green  asked if this bond proposal would  use earnings from                                                            
the  commonly referenced  Amerada  Hess  account within  the  Alaska                                                            
Permanent Fund.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Lawson understood this to be so.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:14:10 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     Vessel and Aircraft Repair and Maintenance                                                                                 
     $278,500 Bond Funds                                                                                                        
     Reference No.: 30129                                                                                                       
     Category: Natural Resources                                                                                                
     Location: Statewide                                                                                                        
     Election District: Statewide                                                                                               
     Estimated Project Dates: 07/01/2005 - 06/30/2010                                                                           
     On-Going Project                                                                                                           
     This project will  provide funding to maintain the department's                                                            
     research  vessels  and  aircraft,  which  are used  to  support                                                            
     fishery  monitoring  efforts  and  stock  assessment  programs.                                                            
     Maintenance  work to  be done includes  replacing the  gensets,                                                            
     sandblast  and paint, overhaul  engines, general yard  work and                                                            
     inspection,  and replacing fishing  gear and aircraft  manuals.                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Lawson  informed  that these vessels  and aircraft  are used  to                                                            
monitor fisheries.  This request is  to perform annual maintenance.                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Senator Dyson  requested a list of the projects. He  asked if one of                                                            
the  projects  relates  to a  vessel  requiring  replacement  of  an                                                            
aluminum hull in which  difficulties were experienced in getting the                                                            
cost paid through the warranty.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Lawson would provide a listing of the projects.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Olson   asked  the  type   of  aircraft  utilized   by  the                                                            
Department.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Lawson  indicated aircraft types  include Cessna and  beaver. He                                                            
would provide a detailed description.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson  asked if the Department is involved  in a cooperative                                                            
effort  with  the  Department  of  Public  Safety  and  other  State                                                            
agencies to utilize aircraft hangers.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Lawson  replied that Department  of Fish and Game employs  staff                                                            
to perform maintenance on its aircraft.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson  asked if a cooperative effort to use  hangers exists.                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Lawson was unsure.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Wilken noted the  funding appropriated  in the past  three                                                            
years for the  purchase of a new vessel. He asked  if this vessel is                                                            
intended to replace  an existing vessel and the status  of the older                                                            
vessel. He asked  if a savings would be reflected  in the Governor's                                                            
proposed FY 06 operating budget.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Lawson deferred to the Division of Commercial Fisheries.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
GERON  BRUCE, Deputy  Director,  Division of  Commercial  Fisheries,                                                            
Department of Fish and  Game, testified that the new vessel, the R/V                                                            
Solstice replaced the R/V Montague, which has been sold.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Wilken  asked  if the  FY  06 budget  would  reflect  cost                                                            
savings associated with the new vessel.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Bruce was unsure that  actual cost savings would result. The R/V                                                            
Montague had safety and  seaworthiness issues and was unsuitable for                                                            
new tasks.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken asked the status of the R/V Solstice.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Bruce reported  the vessel is in operation. It  is scheduled for                                                            
electrical and hydraulic maintenance.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken  asked if the scheduled maintenance  is necessary as                                                            
a result of an accident.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Bruce answered no.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Wilken asked  if this is  the same ship  that was  dropped                                                            
during its loading for transport.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Mr.  Bruce was  unaware  of the  situation  and would  research  the                                                            
matter. The maintenance  repairs are unrelated to any damage from an                                                            
accident.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Wilken detailed  the instance  in which  the manufacturer                                                             
dropped  a vessel  and he  expressed that  the State  should not  be                                                            
liable for any expenses incurred as result of this.  .                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Bruce reiterated he would research the situation.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Stedman  commented  that this  item  appears  to relate  to                                                            
ongoing maintenance  and is a reoccurring expense.  He asked why the                                                            
funding is therefore not requested in the operating budget.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Bruce replied that  these activities have always been considered                                                            
capital  budget items.  The majority  of the  expenditures are  paid                                                            
through a  contract with  a shipyard. The  Department has only  four                                                            
aircraft  located  in Kodiak  to  serve the  Alaska  Peninsula.  The                                                            
Department  employs a  mechanic and  performs  most maintenance  and                                                            
repairs in  house. A private shipyard  does work performed  on other                                                            
vessels.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
9:21:20 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     DIDSON Sonar Equipment Purchase                                                                                            
     $500,000 Bond Funds                                                                                                        
     Reference No.: 39293                                                                                                       
     Category: Natural Resources                                                                                                
     Location: Statewide                                                                                                        
     Election District: Statewide                                                                                               
     Estimated Project Dates: 07/01/2005 - 06/30/2010                                                                           
     One-Time Project                                                                                                           
     The  Division of Commercial  Fisheries  is seeking funding  for                                                            
     five  DIDSON (Digital  Frequency Identification  Sonar)  units.                                                            
     This sonar  equipment would be  used to count migrating  salmon                                                            
     at the Kasilof and  Yentna Rivers within Central Region, at the                                                            
     Anvik,  Chena, Salcha, and Sheenjek  rivers in AYK Region,  and                                                            
     at Alitak Bay and  Chignik Lake in Westward Region. The cost of                                                            
     each unit  is about $100,000, including transducer  rotator and                                                            
     computer  equipment for a total  requested amount of  $500,000.                                                            
     The  Division will  prioritize  where the sonar  units will  be                                                            
     installed based on the five units being funded.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Lawson  explained this  equipment is  used in making  management                                                            
decisions to ensure maximum sustainable yield.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson  asked if the  requested new  units are more  reliable                                                            
than previous equipment  that had significant disparity. He recalled                                                            
an issue  involving the  closure of  fisheries in  lower parts  of a                                                            
river as a result of unreliable or inaccurate sonar equipment.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Bruce  told of  improved technology  in the  new equipment  that                                                            
provides  better precision  and accuracy as  well as the ability  to                                                            
provide  better directional  information. Also  units are easier  to                                                            
install  and the  data produced  is  easier to  interpret.  Seasonal                                                            
technician  employees,   who  are  not  specialists,   operate  this                                                            
equipment. The  older sonar machines are no longer  manufactured and                                                            
maintenance support has been phased out.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken asked the expected life of the sonar equipment.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Bruce had  no experience with the manufacturer  of the requested                                                            
equipment, Gibson. The  existing equipment was installed in the late                                                            
1970s  and  early  1980s.  In  addition,  rapid  improvements   have                                                            
compounded the need for replacement equipment.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson reported that Gibson has a good reputation of                                                                     
manufacturing quality.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:25:09 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     Westward Region Chignik Weir Improvements and Repairs                                                                      
     $121,500 Bond Funds                                                                                                        
     Reference No.: 39981                                                                                                       
     Category: Natural Resources                                                                                                
     Location: Chignik Bay                                                                                                      
     Election District: Bristol Bay/Aleutians                                                                                   
     Estimated Project Dates: 07/01/2005 - 06/30/2010                                                                           
     One-Time Project                                                                                                           
     This project would  fund the reconstruction of the Chignik weir                                                            
     piledriver, which  is a piece of equipment that is necessary to                                                            
     install  and remove  the Chignik salmon  weir annually.  During                                                            
     this  year's  weir removal  the  tower  (a 45'  structure  that                                                            
     supports the piling  and the 3,000-pound hammer that drives the                                                            
     piling into  the streambed) gave way due to metal  fatigue. The                                                            
     engines/winches on  the piledriver are also old and one of them                                                            
     is seriously compromised  (blowing soot and the clutch will not                                                            
     disengage).   The  engines/winches  will   likely  need  to  be                                                            
     replaced  because the cost of repairing them  may be as much or                                                            
     more than  new equipment. The tower is beyond  repair and needs                                                            
     to be replaced.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
This request was withdrawn.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:25:15 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     Sport  Fish and  Recreational  Boating and  Non-Boating  Access                                                            
     Projects                                                                                                                   
     $1,500,000 federal receipts                                                                                                
     $500,000 Fish/Game funds                                                                                                   
     Reference No.: 30432                                                                                                       
     Category: Development                                                                                                      
     Location: Statewide                                                                                                        
     Election District: Statewide                                                                                               
     Estimated Project Dates: 07/01/2005 - 06/30/2011                                                                           
     On-Going Project                                                                                                           
     Provides  funds to the Sport Fish BRU to construct  boating and                                                            
     sport  fishing  access  facilities  throughout the  state.  The                                                            
     Sport Fish  Restoration (SFR) program requires  that 15% of the                                                            
     federal funds available  to Sport Fish be used for recreational                                                            
     boating  access development.  If these  funds are not  used for                                                            
     this purpose,  they are lost to the State. Support  for boating                                                            
     and sport  fishing access facilities  contributes to  the Sport                                                            
     Fish  Division's   outcome  to  sustain  recreational   fishing                                                            
     opportunities  while  optimizing social  and economic  benefits                                                            
     from  these opportunities.  Access  projects  directly  address                                                            
     Strategy #5, to maintain access to public resources.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Lawson  noted this is  a federal program.  If 15 percent  of the                                                            
funds were not utilized  for recreational boating access, all of the                                                            
funds would be withdrawn.  This is an annual request with a three-to                                                            
one ratio of federal and State funds.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green requested a listing of the proposed projects.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Lawson would provide this information.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Dyson also  requested detail  on the  criteria utilized  to                                                            
determine  locations.  He  noted a  controversial  location  in  the                                                            
election district Co-Chair Green represents.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:27:01 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     39959                                                                                                                      
     $167,000 Fish/Game funds                                                                                                   
     Reference No.: 39959                                                                                                       
     Category: Development                                                                                                      
     Location: Statewide                                                                                                        
     Election District: Statewide                                                                                               
     Estimated Project Dates: 07/01/2005 - 06/30/2011                                                                           
     On-Going Project                                                                                                           
     This request will  provide funds to the Sport Fish RDU to match                                                            
     federal funds  appropriated in FY 03. The project  will provide                                                            
     new  and   rehabilitated  transient   moorage  facilities   for                                                            
     recreational  boats over  26 feet in length.  The work  will be                                                            
     accomplished  by working cooperatively with local  communities.                                                            
     In  the FY  03 CIP  request,  it was  proposed  that the  local                                                            
     communities  provide the match  but they have not been  able to                                                            
     do so.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Lawson read the summary statement into the record.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Senator Dyson requested  similar information for this request as the                                                            
previous  item. In addition  he asked about  the existence  of local                                                            
contributions requested or required.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Lawson  replied that  currently two projects  are proposed;  one                                                            
located in Juneau and the other in Pelican.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Stedman requested  the Committee  receive updated  progress                                                            
reports on these projects.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green directed  the Department to provide this information.                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Senator Stedman  asked about collection  of harbor and moorage  fees                                                            
and how the facilities would be maintained.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:29:01 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     National Coastal Wetland Conservation Grant - Snyder Parcel                                                                
     $310,000 federal receipts                                                                                                  
     Reference No.: 39978                                                                                                       
     Category: Development                                                                                                      
     Location: Gustavus                                                                                                         
     Election District: Cordova/Southeast Islands                                                                               
     Estimated Project Dates: 07/01/2005 - 06/30/2010                                                                           
     Phased-New Projects                                                                                                        
     The Snyder  parcel is 135 acres of undeveloped  wetland habitat                                                            
     on the Gustavus forelands.  The parcel is used by waterfowl and                                                            
     shorebirds and provides  important habitat for sandhill cranes.                                                            
     It  adjoins  the  Dude  Creek  Critical   Habitat  Area  (CHA),                                                            
     designated  for the protection  of sandhill crane habitat,  and                                                            
     is of interest  to the Alaska Department of Fish  and Game as a                                                            
     potential addition  to the CHA. This will have a $104,000 match                                                            
     (25%) provided by The Nature Conservancy.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Lawson  informed  that The Nature  Conservancy  is acting  as an                                                            
agent for the  State. Title of the property would  be transferred to                                                            
the State.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Bunde understood  this  is critical  habitat  and asked  if                                                            
consideration has been given to people who utilize the area.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KELLY HEPLER,  Director, Division of Sport Fish, Department  of Fish                                                            
and Game,  testified  to the high  priority of  the Department  that                                                            
people have access to this property.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken  noted the classification  of this request  as a new                                                            
phased project  and asked  if additional  funding requests  would be                                                            
made in future years.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Hepler  replied that another similar  request would be  made for                                                            
the same area.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken asked the number of acres involved.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Hepler responded he would provide this information.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken  also requested a  map showing both the CHA  and the                                                            
Snyder parcel.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Senator Stedman  requested additional information  on the shorebirds                                                            
and water quality.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
9:31:56 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     Crystal Lake Hatchery Transformer Replacement                                                                              
     $30,000 Fish/Game funds                                                                                                    
     Reference No.: 39960                                                                                                       
     Category: Natural Resources                                                                                                
     Location: Petersburg                                                                                                       
     Election District: Sitka/Wrangell/Petersburg                                                                               
     Estimated Project Dates: 07/01/2005 - 06/30/2006                                                                           
     One-Time Project                                                                                                           
     Transformers  located  on  Crystal  Lake Hatchery  ground  were                                                            
     recently tested and  found to contain very high levels of PCBs.                                                            
     Petersburg Municipal  Power and Light has informed us that they                                                            
     are  the State's  responsibility  and that the  State would  be                                                            
     liable  if a spill  occurred. The estimated  cost of  replacing                                                            
     the  transformers and  disposing of the  hazardous material  is                                                            
     $25,000  to  $30,000.  The  expected  cost  of  cleaning  up  a                                                            
     transformer  spill is much high[er] than the  cost of replacing                                                            
     the  existing  transformers  and  disposing  of  the  hazardous                                                            
     material.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Lawson noted the State  has operated the hatchery under contract                                                            
with the  Southeast Regional  Aquaculture  Association since  FY 99.                                                            
Environmental audit conducted identified this.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Senator   Bunde   surmised   that  the   electrical   company   owns                                                            
transformers and  should bear responsibility. He questioned  why the                                                            
Department  of Fish  and Game  should pay  the cost  of removal  and                                                            
replacement.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Hepler replied  he would research the matter.  Regardless of the                                                            
bearer of responsibility, a spill should be avoided.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Senator Bunde  noted the  presence of a power  transformer  near his                                                            
home that he does not own.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:34:30 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     Language Section: Sale of Research Vessels                                                                                 
     $212,700 GF/Program Receipts                                                                                               
     Reference No.: 40508                                                                                                       
     Category: Natural Resources                                                                                                
     Location: Statewide                                                                                                        
     Election District: Statewide                                                                                               
     Estimated Project Dates: 07/01/2005 - 06/30/2010                                                                           
     The Department  has a pending sale of the R/V  Pandalus and the                                                            
     proceeds  are  estimated  between  $100,000  and  $200,000.  In                                                            
     addition,  the Department previously sold the  R/V Montague and                                                            
     the funds  were appropriated  back to the Department  for a new                                                            
     vessel. At  that time, the funds were limited  to purchase of a                                                            
     new  replacement vessel  and  not for repair  and maintenance.                                                             
     This CIP  project will allow  the remaining balance  of $12,700                                                            
     from  the  prior  CIP  project   to  be  used  for  repair  and                                                            
     maintenance of existing vessels.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Lawson outlined this request.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson asked the selling price of the R/V Montague.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Lawson would provide the information.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Stedman asked whether  the Department  undertakes  periodic                                                            
analysis  to determine  if  ownership  of  older vessels  should  be                                                            
retained, rather  than selling them  to private parties and  leasing                                                            
those  vessels  for research  purposes.  He  asked  if the  cost  of                                                            
maintenance,  insurance and  other expenses  makes this option  more                                                            
viable.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Bruce replied  that such examination is conducted  periodically.                                                            
Availability  of  vessels  is  problematic,   as  much  research  is                                                            
undertaken  during  times  of  commercial   fishery  openings.  Also                                                            
vessels are used for many different operations.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson  agreed that  a vessel is limited  to the needs  it is                                                            
able to accommodate and  therefore leasing of other vessels could be                                                            
beneficial.  He  asked how  often  the matter  of  ownership  versus                                                            
leasing is reviewed.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Bruce replied  the issue is reviewed  more often than  every ten                                                            
years most recently during  the sale of the R/V Pandalus and the R/V                                                            
Montague.  He  stressed  that  research  is conducted  in  the  wide                                                            
geographical area of the  State. A large oceangoing vessel is ported                                                            
in Kodiak, yet  skiffs and smaller vessels are necessary  for rivers                                                            
and  other smaller  water  bodies. The  Department  has reduced  the                                                            
number of vessels and is preparing to auction surplus craft.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson asked the number of vessels the Department owns                                                                   
compared to the number of vessels it leases.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Bruce responded that the Department owns five vessels. He would                                                             
provide information on the number of vessels leased.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Office of the Governor                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
9:40:40 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund                                                                                       
     $26,000,000 Federal Receipts                                                                                               
     Reference No.: 33647                                                                                                       
     Category: Natural Resources                                                                                                
     Location: Statewide                                                                                                        
     Election District: Statewide                                                                                               
     Estimated Project Dates: 07/01/2005 - 06/30/2009                                                                           
     On-Going Project                                                                                                           
     Federal  fiscal year 2005 (FFY  05) appropriations legislation                                                             
     contains  funding for the Pacific Coastal Salmon  Recovery Fund                                                            
     (PCSRF).  Coordination of individual  state funding  is through                                                            
     the respective  Governor's offices. The Alaskan  portion of the                                                            
     FFY 05  appropriation is estimated  to be $26 million.  Funding                                                            
     comes to  the State through a Memorandum of Understanding  with                                                            
     the  U.S.  Department   of  Commerce  designating   the  Alaska                                                            
     Department of Fish and Game as the program manager.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Lawson  reported this is the sixth  year the State has  received                                                            
this  funding. It  is  intended to  assure  that Alaska  salmon  and                                                            
fisheries are  stable and able to provide jobs and  income. No State                                                            
matching funds are required.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:42:17 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     Governor's House Maintenance                                                                                               
     $100,000 Bond Funds                                                                                                        
     Reference No.: 40486                                                                                                       
     Category: General Government                                                                                               
     Location: Juneau Areawide                                                                                                  
     Election District: Juneau Areawide                                                                                         
     Estimated Project Dates: 07/01/2005 - 06/30/2008                                                                           
     On-Going Project                                                                                                           
     Funds needed for on-going  maintenance and deferred maintenance                                                            
     and the Governor's House.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
LINDA PEREZ, Administrative Director, Division of Administrative                                                                
Services,  Office  of the  Governor,  testified to  the significant                                                             
leaks in  the butlers'  pantry and  the family  room. The source  of                                                            
these  leaks must  be  identified  and repaired  to  highest  extent                                                            
possible.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green noted the  extensive amount of repairs necessary at a                                                            
cost  of several  million  dollars. The  legislature  would be  poor                                                            
caretakers  of this facility if it  did not appropriate funding  for                                                            
these  efforts  regardless  of  who  is  serving  as  governor.  She                                                            
compared  the  situation to  that  of school  districts  failing  to                                                            
properly maintain school buildings.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson asked the value of the Governor's House.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Stedman asserted  it is a  one "standout  building"  in the                                                            
State and should be maintained.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Perez  added that  the  Governor's  House  is recognized  as  a                                                            
historical structure.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:44:43 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     Statewide Accessible Voting Equipment                                                                                      
     $992,500 Election Fund                                                                                                     
     Reference No.: 34852                                                                                                       
     Category: General Government                                                                                               
     Location: Statewide                                                                                                        
     Election District: Statewide                                                                                               
     Estimated Project Dates: 07/01/2005 - 06/30/2006                                                                           
     Phased-Underway Project                                                                                                    
     $549,700 to purchase  remaining accessible voting equipment for                                                            
     each precinct  statewide by January 1, 2006 as  required by the                                                            
     Help  America Vote Act  (HAVA). $442,800  for modifications  to                                                            
     accessible  voting  equipment  statewide  to  allow  for  voter                                                            
     verifiable  paper record  required under  Ch 154, SLA  2004 (HB
     459).                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Perez outlined this request.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
9:45:11 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund                                                                                       
     Reference No.: 33647                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
The Department of Fish and Game spoke to this request.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:45:23 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance Projects                                                                        
     $100,000 general fund                                                                                                      
     Reference No.: 6391                                                                                                        
     Category: Health/Human Services                                                                                            
     Location: Statewide                                                                                                        
     Election District: Statewide                                                                                               
     Estimated Project Dates: 07/01/2005 - 06/30/2007                                                                           
     On-Going Project                                                                                                           
     This  project continues  the  removal of  physical barriers  to                                                            
     persons  with  disabilities within  State-owned  facilities  as                                                            
     required  by Title II of the  Americans with Disabilities  Act,                                                            
     Public Law 101-336.  Funding covers the cost of design, project                                                            
     administration,   and  construction.   Aside  from   the  legal                                                            
     requirements,  removal  of physical  barriers  will negate  the                                                            
     need for  temporary program modifications, which  are currently                                                            
     required  of the facilities'  occupants.  Office of  Management                                                            
     and  Budget allocates  available funding  to the Department  of                                                            
     Transportation  [and Public Facilities] for State  facility ADA                                                            
     compliance  projects based on  DOT's prioritized project  list.                                                            
     The  requested  FY 06  funds  will continue  to  work from  the                                                            
     statewide priority list.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Perez stated that the funds requested for FY 06 would be                                                                    
utilized for projects at the Meadow Creek Correctional Center                                                                   
located in Eagle River.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:46:05 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Department of Health and Social Services                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
The Committee heard presentations on projects included in the                                                                   
proposed FY 06 capital budget and the mental health budget.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:46:44 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     Fairbanks Virology Laboratory Replacement                                                                                  
     $24,200,000 COPs                                                                                                           
     Reference No.: 38900                                                                                                       
     Category: Health/Human Services                                                                                            
     Location: Statewide                                                                                                        
     Election District: Statewide                                                                                               
     Estimated Project Dates: 07/01/2005 - 06/30/2010                                                                           
     One-Time Project                                                                                                           
     The  Alaska Virology  Laboratory  is currently  located in  the                                                            
     Arctic  Health Research  Facility on  the University of  Alaska                                                            
     Fairbanks  campus. A recent report concluded  that the space is                                                            
     small,   old,   and  lacks   the   necessary   physical   plant                                                            
     requirements for this  type of facility and that it needs to be                                                            
     replaced. This request  would provide for the planning, design,                                                            
     and construction of  a new State-owned laboratory that would be                                                            
     located on the University campus in Fairbanks.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
JANET  CLARKE  Assistant  Commissioner,   Division  of  Finance  and                                                            
Management  Services,  Department  of Health  and  Social  Services,                                                            
testified that  this request would appropriate funding  in the event                                                            
enabling  legislation  to construct  the  facility  is adopted.  The                                                            
Committee would receive  a detailed overview of the situation during                                                            
the hearing on that enabling legislation.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:47:58 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     MH  [item included in  the mental  health legislation]:  Crisis                                                            
     Treatment Facility - Phase 2                                                                                               
     $2,500,000 Bonds MH fund                                                                                                   
     Reference No.: 33683                                                                                                       
     Category: Health/Human Services                                                                                            
     Location: Anchorage Areawide                                                                                               
     Election District: Anchorage Areawide                                                                                      
     Estimated Project Dates: 07/01/2005 - 06/30/2012                                                                           
     Phased-Underway Project                                                                                                    
     These  funds  will  be  used for  the  replacement  of  current                                                            
     facilities  housing   enhanced  Crisis  Treatment  services  in                                                            
     Anchorage.  The new facility  will be  built in the old  Alaska                                                            
     Psychiatric  Institute (API) shell after asbestos  is abated by                                                            
     Providence   Hospital.  It  will  have  16  beds.  The  current                                                            
     facility  housing Crisis Treatment  is owned by the  University                                                            
     and  was  part  of  the  land  exchange  to  replace  API.  The                                                            
     University  requires  Crisis  Treatment  to vacate  by  October                                                            
     2007.  There must  be a safe,  efficient  replacement for  this                                                            
     essential service.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Clarke  listed this request  as the second  highest priority  in                                                            
the mental health  bill. She showed an aerial photograph  of the API                                                            
campus,  near the  McLaughlin  Youth Center  and  the University  of                                                            
Alaska Anchorage,  and the location of the current  crisis treatment                                                            
center in the former superintendent  building. The land was owned by                                                            
the State, then transferred  to the Mental Health Trust and recently                                                            
sold  to Providence  Hospital,  which exchanged  the  land with  the                                                            
University.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Clarke stressed  the critical need for these services  and their                                                            
location near  API to because of the "step-down nature".  Providence                                                            
Hospital  has granted permission  to occupy  part of the former  API                                                            
facility. The  estimated total cost  of a standalone facility  is $6                                                            
million  to $7  million;  therefore,  this  option would  realize  a                                                            
savings.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Green asked if  the crisis treatment  center would  occupy                                                            
the entire API building or just a portion.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Clarke replied  the center would occupy a portion  of the former                                                            
west wing.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green asked if  the remainder of the building would be used                                                            
for other purposes or razed.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Clarke responded  that  officials  at Providence  Hospital  are                                                            
considering options,  including stripping walls and  rebuilding. The                                                            
Department's cost estimate of asbestos removal is high.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Clarke detailed the  aerial photograph and its relation to areas                                                            
not pictured for the benefit of Senator Olson.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:52:50 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     Comprehensive Client Database                                                                                              
     $350,000 Federal Receipts                                                                                                  
     $150,000 general funds                                                                                                     
     Reference No.: 39149                                                                                                       
     Category: Health/Human Services                                                                                            
     Location: Statewide                                                                                                        
     Election District: Statewide                                                                                               
     Estimated Project Dates: 07/01/2005 - 06/30/2010                                                                           
     State Match Required                                                                                                       
     Phased-Underway Project                                                                                                    
     Develop   a  comprehensive  client  database   of  all  clients                                                            
     receiving  services from the  Department. This will  be used by                                                            
     all  service  delivery  applications  to  insure  the  accurate                                                            
     identification of clients.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Clarke  detailed a graph demonstrating  the master client  index                                                            
system  [copy  not provided.]  The  goal  of  this project  is  that                                                            
caseworkers  know what  other  services a  family  are receiving  to                                                            
better organize case management.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Green  surmised  that  if  this  program   were  currently                                                            
operating, planned pilot projects would be easier to implement.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Clarke  agreed  and  told  of  the difficulties   of  obtaining                                                            
information from manual data systems.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Clarke  next referenced  a chart  showing the  timeline of  this                                                            
project [copy not provided].                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:57:49 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     E-Grants                                                                                                                   
     $33,200 Federal Receipts                                                                                                   
     $67,600 general funds                                                                                                      
     Reference No.: 39148                                                                                                       
     Category: Health/Human Services                                                                                            
     Location: Statewide                                                                                                        
     Election District: Statewide                                                                                               
     Estimated Project Dates: 07/01/2005 - 06/30/2010                                                                           
     State Match Required                                                                                                       
     Phased-Underway Project                                                                                                    
     Design and build an automated system for the management of all                                                             
     aspects of grant administration, including on-line grant                                                                   
     applications, award and reporting.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Clarke  reminded this is the second  year this request  has been                                                            
submitted.  She  referenced  additional  information  included in  a                                                            
packet titled,  "Department  of Health and  Social Services,  SB 46,                                                            
Supplemental  Capital  Budget Handouts,  Senate  Finance  Committee,                                                            
March  18, 2004,  E-Grants, Juneau  Pioneer Home  Roof Replacement,                                                             
Deferred Maintenance,  Pioneer Home Deferred Maintenance."  [Copy on                                                            
file.]                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Clarke  stated the Department  currently  has a system  to track                                                            
grant payments,  which is also used  to track performance  measures.                                                            
                                                                                                                                
10:00:29 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Bethel Youth Facility Security Improvements                                                                                
     $233,900 Bond Funds                                                                                                        
     Reference No.: 39875                                                                                                       
     Category: Health/Human Services                                                                                            
     Location: Bethel                                                                                                           
     Election District: Bethel                                                                                                  
     Estimated Project Dates: 07/01/2005 - 06/30/2010                                                                           
     One-Time Project                                                                                                           
     Current  physical security  measures provided  to staff  at the                                                            
     Bethel  Youth Facility are inadequate.  Renovation of  security                                                            
     enhancements  and  controls at  the Bethel  Youth Facility  are                                                            
     needed to provide staff a safe working environment.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Clarke  stated  that the  facility  does not  "really" have  any                                                            
security.   Controls  are   necessary   to  provide   a  safe   work                                                            
environment.  Currently  access  to  administration  and  supervisor                                                            
offices  is  unimpeded  and  bulletproof   glass  and  other  safety                                                            
barriers are needed.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
10:01:47 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
      Anchorage Pioneer Home Emergency Generator Replacement                                                                    
     $600,000 Bond Funds                                                                                                        
     Reference No.: 39892                                                                                                       
     Category: Health/Human Services                                                                                            
     Location: Anchorage Areawide                                                                                               
     Election District: Anchorage Areawide                                                                                      
     Estimated Project Dates: 07/01/2005 - 06/30/2010                                                                           
     One-Time Project                                                                                                           
     Replace two aging generators with a single generator as                                                                    
     recommended by Department of Transportation and Public                                                                     
     Facilities and MBA Consulting Engineers                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Clarke  stated  that the current  generators  were installed  in                                                            
1975 and 1983. One does  not meet code requirements and could not be                                                            
used  for emergency  service.  The other  system  recently failed  a                                                            
test.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Stedman  understood  the  emergency   generators  are  used                                                            
intermittently, and he  expected that although the machines are old,                                                            
they  have low  hours  of actual  usage.  He  suggested undertaking                                                             
maintenance rather than replacement.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Clarke replied  that  engineers  recommended  replacement.  She                                                            
would research the situation further.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson asked the extent of necessary repairs.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Clarke would provide this information.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
10:04:09 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Juneau Pioneer Home Roof Replacement                                                                                       
     $1,000,000 Bond Funds                                                                                                      
     Reference No.: 40224                                                                                                       
     Category: Health/Human Services                                                                                            
     Location: Juneau Areawide                                                                                                  
     Election District: Juneau Areawide                                                                                         
     Estimated Project Dates: 07/01/2005 - 06/30/2010                                                                           
     One-Time Project                                                                                                           
     The 32,000  square foot roof was installed during  the original                                                            
     construction  of the Juneau Pioneer Home in 1985.  It is nearly                                                            
     20 years  old, is failing in numerous locations  and is in need                                                            
     of replacement.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Clarke noted a report  in which architects recommended immediate                                                            
replacement.  She also noted photographs  of the roof are  contained                                                            
in the  aforementioned  information  packet. Temporary  repairs  are                                                            
expensive and would not fix the problem.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
10:05:55 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
      Deferred Maintenance, Renovation, Repair and Equipment                                                                    
     $1,500,000 Bond Funds                                                                                                      
     $200,000 Federal Receipts                                                                                                  
     Reference No.: 31862                                                                                                       
     Category: Health/Human Services                                                                                            
     Location: Statewide                                                                                                        
     Election District: Statewide                                                                                               
     Estimated Project Dates: 07/01/2005 - 06/30/2010                                                                           
     State Match Required                                                                                                       
     On-Going Project                                                                                                           
     This  request  is  for deferred  maintenance  projects  for  28                                                            
     health   centers,  youth  facilities   and  behavioral   health                                                            
     facilities  statewide  with  a combined  replacement  value  of                                                            
     $128.3 million. Funds  would be used for immediate and critical                                                            
     renewal,  repair,  replacement and  equipment  needs in  state-                                                            
     owned  facilities along with  selected leased facilities.  This                                                            
     request  does not include  the deferred  maintenance needs  for                                                            
     the Pioneers'  Homes, the Alaska  Psychiatric institute  (API),                                                            
     the  Anchorage Public  Health Lab and  the Office of the  State                                                            
     Medical  Examiner,  or the Mat-Su,  Ketchikan,  or Kenai  Youth                                                            
     Facilities.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Clarke stated that  the projects are listed in priority order in                                                            
the supporting  documentation, as  stipulated by an audit  conducted                                                            
every few years.  The funding requested  in this item would  be used                                                            
to address the first 13 items, if possible.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Clarke noted  details and photographs on the needs  are included                                                            
in the aforementioned information packet.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Green  directed  attention  to the  photographs  of  water                                                            
damage  to a  door at  the Sitka  health center.  She  asked if  the                                                            
facility  would be  redesigned to  prevent future  damage after  the                                                            
door is replaced.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Clarke would provide further information.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
10:10:27 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Pioneers'  Homes Deferred Maintenance,  Renovation,  Repair and                                                            
     Equipment                                                                                                                  
     $2,500,000 Bond Funds                                                                                                      
     Reference No.: 37934                                                                                                       
     Category: Housing/Social Services                                                                                          
     Location: Statewide                                                                                                        
     Election District: Statewide                                                                                               
     Estimated Project Dates: 07/01/2005 - 06/30/2010                                                                           
     On-Going Project                                                                                                           
     This   request  is  for  deferred   maintenance  projects   for                                                            
     Pioneers'  Homes statewide,  including  immediate and  critical                                                            
     renewal,   repair,  replacement   and   equipment  needs.   The                                                            
     Department  is responsible  for operating  and maintaining  the                                                            
     six  Pioneer's Homes  throughout the  state. Locations  include                                                            
     Ketchikan,  Sitka, Juneau,  Anchorage,  Palmer, and  Fairbanks.                                                            
     The homes  all operate on a 24-hour  basis and have  a combined                                                            
     replacement value of $137.1 million.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Clarke indicated the  priority listed included in the supporting                                                            
documentation.  If  fully funded,  this  request would  address  the                                                            
first  20 items  on  the  list. She  noted  the  information  packet                                                            
includes photographs showing the repair needs.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Green ascertained  the  eighth item,  duct  repair to  the                                                            
Juneau facility, would be an on-going need.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Clarke   reminded  that  the   Department  recently   inherited                                                            
oversight   of  the   Pioneers'  Homes   from   the  Department   of                                                            
Administration,   and  is  attempting   to  implement  a   scheduled                                                            
maintenance system.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
10:14:03 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Emergency  Medical Services Ambulances and Equipment  Statewide                                                            
     - Match for Code Blue Project                                                                                              
     $425,000 Bond Funds                                                                                                        
     Reference No.: 33797                                                                                                       
     Category: Health/Human Services                                                                                            
     Location: Statewide                                                                                                        
     Election District: Statewide                                                                                               
     Estimated Project Dates: 07/01/2005 - 06/30/2010                                                                           
     State Match Required                                                                                                       
     On-Going Project                                                                                                           
     This request will  provide funding to match federal dollars and                                                            
     other  funding  to  purchase  ambulances  and  other  emergency                                                            
      medical equipment needed in rural Alaskan communities.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Clarke  explained  this  funding  is  intended   for  volunteer                                                            
agencies.  The State provides  matching funds  for the federal  code                                                            
blue project program funds.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green understood  the State funds are used to match funding                                                            
provided by  the US Department of  Agriculture (USDA), the  Rasmuson                                                            
Foundation and the Denali Commission.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Clarke affirmed.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson  asked what communities would receive  this equipment.                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Clarke replied  that  applications  would  be received  by  and                                                            
reviewed at a meeting scheduled for March 23.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Wilken  asked  if  the matching  funds  are  requested  or                                                            
required.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Clarke responded that  the USDA requires matching funds for this                                                            
program.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken asked the amount of matching funds required.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Clarke answered  that the USDA provides 75 percent  funding. The                                                            
State funding requested  in this item would leverage three times its                                                            
amount in federal  funds. She would provide additional  information.                                                            
                                                                                                                                
10:17:02 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Juvenile Offender Management Information System Software                                                                   
     Upgrade                                                                                                                    
     $325,000 Bond Funds                                                                                                        
     Reference No.: 39872                                                                                                       
     Category: Health/Human Services                                                                                            
     Location: Statewide                                                                                                        
     Election District: Statewide                                                                                               
     Estimated Project Dates: 07/01/2006 - 06/30/2010                                                                           
     One-Time Project                                                                                                           
     Increase  the qualify  and accuracy  of data  entered into  the                                                            
     juvenile offender  database by developing additional data edits                                                            
     that   incorporate  new  and   existing  business  rules.   Add                                                            
      additional data collection and reporting functionality.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Clarke informed  that  this system  was funded  primarily  with                                                            
federal funding with minimal  State funding required. US Senator Ted                                                            
Stevens  was instrumental  in  securing the  federal  funds. It  has                                                            
become  apparent  that additional  changes  must  be made  to  fully                                                            
implement the juvenile justice information system.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
GERALD BAILEY,  Division of Juvenile  Justice, Department  of Health                                                            
and Social  Services, testified  via teleconference  from  Anchorage                                                            
that this system  has been on line  for three years. At the  date of                                                            
implementation  it  was  understood   that  additional  changes  and                                                            
improvements  would  be required  because  every need  could not  be                                                            
anticipated.  The system  is functional,  but  further improvements                                                             
would allow  better database management  decisions and operation  of                                                            
the Division. He detailed the benefits of the proposed changes.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green  requested a description of new and  exiting business                                                            
rules.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Bailey explained  the process in which data is  entered into the                                                            
system. When a  juvenile is entered into a facility,  information is                                                            
collected  regarding the  contributing charge  and "end dates".  The                                                            
intent  is  to  differentiate  between  new  charges  and  probation                                                            
violations. Technical changes  would be made to improve accuracy and                                                            
reduce user error.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Clarke  stated the  goal is  to prevent  incorrect data  entered                                                            
into the system.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Bunde   asked  about  the   reference  in  the   supporting                                                            
documentation   regarding   Youth   Level   Skills   Inventory   and                                                            
Performance Based Standards.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Clarke  responded  that the  Division is  reforming the  current                                                            
system; including  establishing standards to ensure  that a juvenile                                                            
is entered  into a  facility for  appropriate  reasons. Formally,  a                                                            
probation  officer   used  discretion  and  interpretation   of  the                                                            
juvenile's  situation.  The new  system  would involve  a  probation                                                            
officer performing an assessment  based on a well tested model, with                                                            
the expectation  that more costs would be incurred  with an offender                                                            
initially, and avoiding  overcrowding of facilities, as has occurred                                                            
in the past.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green  requested the Division  director speak to  Committee                                                            
members regarding this item.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
10:24:21 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Server Consolidation                                                                                                       
     $150,000 Federal Receipts                                                                                                  
     $150,000 General Funds                                                                                                     
     Reference No.: 40018                                                                                                       
     Category: Health/Human Services                                                                                            
     Location: Statewide                                                                                                        
     Election District: Statewide                                                                                               
     Estimated Project Dates: 07/01/2005 - 06/30/2010                                                                           
     State Match Required                                                                                                       
     One-Time Project                                                                                                           
     Department of Health and Social Services is engaged in a                                                                   
     process  of standardizing server  operating systems,  directory                                                            
     services  and  authentication  methodologies  and reducing  and                                                            
     number  of file and  print, database,  and application  servers                                                            
     utilized  by department  staff to provide  better data  sharing                                                            
     and access and reduce equipment and operational expenses.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Clarke  informed that  all operating  systems in the  Department                                                            
were consolidated  in  July 2004.  Before that  date, each  division                                                            
independently   managed  servers.   Currently,  300  servers,   both                                                            
operating systems and disc  storage, are used. This funding would be                                                            
utilized  in a storage  area network  and would  free server  space.                                                            
Less  costly  servers  could  then  be purchased.  The  goal  is  to                                                            
consolidate  100 servers and  operate with  200 servers. This  would                                                            
result in lower costs and  would require fewer data processing staff                                                            
to operate the system.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
10:26:18 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Women, Infants, and Children Payment System                                                                                
     $600,000 Federal Receipts                                                                                                  
     Reference No.: 39954                                                                                                       
     Category: Health/Human Services                                                                                            
     Location: Statewide                                                                                                        
     Election District: Statewide                                                                                               
     Estimated Project Dates: 07/01/2005 - 06/30/2010                                                                           
     One-Time Project                                                                                                           
     Replace the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) computer system                                                             
     with a web-based system. Build capacity for WIC to transition                                                              
     to Electronic Benefit Transfer System.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Clarke  corrected  the explanation  statement  noting that  this                                                            
funding would  not be utilized to  replace the existing system,  but                                                            
would rather  be used to  develop and design  a replacement  system.                                                            
Additional funding  would be requested in the future  for the actual                                                            
system replacement.  The current  system is  out of compliance  with                                                            
the federal  requirements;  in addition it  is cumbersome,  at times                                                            
produces  duplicate  warrants  and  has other  problems.  This  item                                                            
represents the first step in the replacement process.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green  asked if the federal  funding would be available  to                                                            
assist in the cost of the actual replacement system.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Clarke  replied that typically  the federal government  pays 100                                                            
percent of  the cost of system replacements;  however, the  State is                                                            
required to design that system.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
10:28:13 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     MH: Alaska Psychiatric Institute Automation Project                                                                        
     $674,200 Bonds MH                                                                                                          
     Reference No.: 39983                                                                                                       
     Category: Health/Human Services                                                                                            
     Location: Anchorage Areawide                                                                                               
     Election District: Anchorage Areawide                                                                                      
     Estimated Project Dates: 07/01/2005 - 06/30/2010                                                                           
     One-Time Project                                                                                                           
     Alaska  Psychiatric  Institute provides  inpatient psychiatric                                                             
     care  to over 1,500  individuals annually  from all regions  of                                                            
     the state. The automated  systems necessary to support business                                                            
     and  clinical  activities   at the  facility   are inadequate.                                                             
     Efforts   to   adapt  the   E-Chart   system   from  Utah   are                                                            
     unsatisfactory  due to the limitations  in accounts  receivable                                                            
     and  other  key functions.  This  project  will enable  API  to                                                            
     operate more  efficiently and will provide necessary  tools for                                                            
     clinicians  and management  at the facility.  The API  hospital                                                            
     must maintain adequate  information systems to remain certified                                                            
     and to protect the safety and health of the patients.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Clarke noted that the  Alaska Psychiatric Institute (API) is the                                                            
only mental health  care facility in the State. She  reported that a                                                            
study estimated  additional $180,000 federal funds  could be secured                                                            
annually once the system is upgraded.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken asked if the bond funds would be generated from the                                                             
aforementioned Amerada Hess settlement account.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Clarke affirmed.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
10:29:43 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Telephone Systems Replacement                                                                                              
     $19,200 Federal Receipts                                                                                                   
     $52,900 GF Match                                                                                                           
     $137,500 general funds                                                                                                     
     Reference No.: 37694                                                                                                       
     Category: Health/Human Services                                                                                            
     Location: Statewide                                                                                                        
     Election District: Statewide                                                                                               
     Estimated Project Dates: 07/01/2005 - 06/30/2010                                                                           
     State Match Required                                                                                                       
     One-Time Project                                                                                                           
     The phone systems  at various health centers, youth facilities,                                                            
     and Division of Public  Assistance offices are old, failing and                                                            
     in need of replacement.  These facilities are public facilities                                                            
     that   provide   medical  and   residential   services.   These                                                            
     facilities  need to  have reliable  phone service  in order  to                                                            
     serve  the public  and their  clients  on a  daily basis.  This                                                            
     request provides funding  to replace the aging phone systems in                                                            
     nine facilities statewide.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Clarke informed  that  the Department  is consulting  with  the                                                            
Department  of Administration  to develop  a standard for  replacing                                                            
phone systems.  Some systems are failing with calls  being "dropped"                                                            
and complaints are received.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
10:30:46 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     MH: Alaska Psychiatric Institute Move                                                                                      
     $250,000 GF/MH                                                                                                             
     Reference No.: 39933                                                                                                       
     Category: Anchorage Areawide                                                                                               
     Election District: Anchorage Areawide                                                                                      
     Estimated Project Dates: 07/01/2005 - 06/30/2010                                                                           
     One-Time Project                                                                                                           
     This request will  fund the cost associated with relocating all                                                            
     patients,  staff and equipment to the new facility  that is set                                                            
     to open  during the summer of  2005. The move will require  the                                                            
     hiring  of contractors to move  furnishings and furniture,  the                                                            
     safe and  secure transfer of patients, relocation  of staff and                                                            
     confidential   files,   and   concurrent  operations   of   two                                                            
     facilities.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Clarke again directed  attention to the aerial photograph of the                                                            
facility. Although  the new location is "next door",  costs would be                                                            
incurred to move  patients safely. The move must be  done quickly to                                                            
prevent patients from regressing in their treatment.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
10:32:04 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Senior Centers Deferred  Maintenance, Construction, Renovation,                                                            
     Expansion and Equipment                                                                                                    
     $1,000,000 Bond Funds                                                                                                      
     $1,000,000 Federal Receipts                                                                                                
     Reference No.: 40043                                                                                                       
     Category: Health/Human Services                                                                                            
     Location: Statewide                                                                                                        
     Election District: Statewide                                                                                               
     Estimated Project Dates: 07/01/2005 - 06/30/2010                                                                           
     State Match Required                                                                                                       
     On-Going Project                                                                                                           
     This project  funds renovation and maintenance  requirements of                                                            
     senior facilities  in 30 communities. The facilities are either                                                            
     not-for-profit  or publicly owned  with a variety of  equipment                                                            
     replacement or renovation  needs. The request meets an array of                                                            
     senior  health needs and is a  means of reducing inappropriate                                                             
     hospitalization and early institutionalization.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Clarke  stated that the Alaska  Commission on Aging completed  a                                                            
needs  assessment  two  years  ago  and  identified   project  costs                                                            
totaling over  $5 million. These funds would be distributed  through                                                            
competitive procurement.  She offered to detail the needs of all the                                                            
facilities in the state.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green asked if  the federal funding required State matching                                                            
funds.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Clarke answered it is not required.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken  noted the documentation  claims the State  match is                                                            
required.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Clarke surmised  the documentation was inaccurate.  This federal                                                            
funding is not included as part of a regular program.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
It was established  that the issue of a State match  requirement was                                                            
unknown.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
10:34:00 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Denali Commission  Grants for Health Care Facility Improvements                                                            
     $25,000,000 Federal Receipts                                                                                               
     Reference No.: 38923                                                                                                       
     Category: Health/Human Services                                                                                            
     Location: Statewide                                                                                                        
     Election District: Statewide                                                                                               
     Estimated Project Dates: 07/01/2005 - 06/30/2010                                                                           
     On-Going Project                                                                                                           
     This  request will continue  to provide  funding for  planning,                                                            
     design  and  construction   of  hospitals,  behavioral   health                                                            
     facilities,  village clinics,  assisted living homes  and other                                                            
     program  facilities  that serve  Alaskans. Funds  will also  be                                                            
     used  for  the  purchase  and  installation  of  major  medical                                                            
     equipment.  This request  consists  of federal  funds that  are                                                            
     granted  to the Department of  Health and Social Services  from                                                            
     the Denali Commission.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Clarke  reminded  that  funding   for  this  project  has  been                                                            
appropriated in  the capital budgets of the past several  years. The                                                            
Denali  Commission   requested  an  increase  in  the   amount.  The                                                            
Department administers  grants with the Denali Commission  funding a                                                            
staff position for this purpose.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
10:34:47 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Clarke  next commented  to the remaining  items included  in the                                                            
mental   health  appropriation   legislation.   Most  projects   are                                                            
competitively   procured  as  "routine  requests".  The   Department                                                            
manages the  projects on  behalf of the Alaska  Mental Health  Trust                                                            
Authority.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Green  asked  if  the  requested  projects  could  proceed                                                            
without State matching funds.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Clarke  replied that the Trust  Authority has withdrawn  funding                                                            
in the  past in instances  in which  State matching  funds were  not                                                            
appropriated.  The  Trust intends  the  State to  provided  matching                                                            
funding.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     MH: Fairbanks Detoxification Unit Construction Expansion and                                                               
     Renovation                                                                                                                 
     $1,000,000 Federal MH                                                                                                      
     Reference No.: 38366                                                                                                       
     Category: Health/Human Services                                                                                            
     Location: Fairbanks (Fairbanks/Fort Wainwright)                                                                            
     Election District: Fairbanks/Fort Wainwright                                                                               
     Estimated Project Dates: 07/01/2005 - 06/30/2010                                                                           
     One-Time Project                                                                                                           
     This   project   will  provide   capital   funding  to   expand                                                            
     detoxification  services in the Fairbanks area  to those unable                                                            
     to obtain  medical detoxification  services due to the  current                                                            
     limited  capacity.  This  population  is  largely  composed  of                                                            
     Mental Health Trust  beneficiaries under the chronic alcoholism                                                            
     with psychosis criteria.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Clarke noted this funding  could be allocated through the Denali                                                            
Commission to the Trust Authority.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
10:37:43 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Department of Labor and Workforce Development                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
10:38:01 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
      Alaska Vocational Technical Center Deferred Maintenance                                                                   
     $2,500,000 Bond Funds                                                                                                      
     Reference No.: 39929                                                                                                       
     Category: Education                                                                                                        
     Location: Seward                                                                                                           
     Election District: Homer/Seward                                                                                            
     Estimated Project Dates: 07/01/2005 - 06/30/2006                                                                           
     On-Going Project                                                                                                           
     Deferred  maintenance funds to be used to address  life, health                                                            
     and   safety   issues,  deferred   maintenance,   and   upgrade                                                            
     facilities. AVTEC  has 12 buildings that range in age from 20 -                                                            
     50 years and one new  48-bed dormitory. Some of these buildings                                                            
     have exceeded  their useful life  or were built to accommodate                                                             
     temporary  purposes  but are still  in use.  Without repair  or                                                            
     replacement  funding AVTEC  risks catastrophic  failure  of key                                                            
     facility  systems.  Safe  and  healthy facilities  are  key  to                                                            
     AVTEC's ability to train Alaskans for Alaskan jobs.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
GUY BELL, Assistant Commissioner, Department of Labor and Workforce                                                             
Development, offered to provide a detailed listing of the proposed                                                              
projects.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green requested he do so.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
10:38:56 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Vocational  Rehabilitation  Home  Modifications  and  Assistive                                                            
     Technology for Individuals with Disabilities                                                                               
     $300,000 general funds                                                                                                     
     Reference No.: 39887                                                                                                       
     Category: Health/Human Services                                                                                            
     Location: Statewide                                                                                                        
     Election District: Statewide                                                                                               
     Estimated Project Dates: 07/01/2005 - 06/30/2011                                                                           
     On-Going Project                                                                                                           
     These funds would  be used to provide assistance to individuals                                                            
     with  the most  significant  disabilities  in  the purchase  of                                                            
     modifications  for vehicles and  home modifications  as part of                                                            
     the  Individual  Plan  for  Employment  (IPE).  These  projects                                                            
     result in individuals becoming employed.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Bell gave examples of wheelchair ramps, removal of barriers,                                                                
lift systems, and computer voice enhancers.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
10:40:05 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Alaska  Vocational Technical  Center Welding Program  Expansion                                                            
      $3,000,000 ASLC [Alaska Student Loan Corporation] Bonds                                                                   
     Reference No.: 39934                                                                                                       
     Category: Education                                                                                                        
     Location: Seward                                                                                                           
     Election District: Homer/Seward                                                                                            
     Estimated Project Dates: 07/01/2005 - 06/30/2006                                                                           
     One-Time Project                                                                                                           
     Construct  a  10,000  sq  ft  training   building  to  increase                                                            
     capacity  of AVTEC  welding programs  to meet  the current  and                                                            
     anticipated   increase   in  demand  for   a  trained   Alaskan                                                            
     workforce.  AVTEC's existing welding shop limits  the number of                                                            
     students  to 14 per class. The  existing space is not  adequate                                                            
     to add additional  equipment for automatic welding equipment of                                                            
     the type  used in high-pressure gas pipeline  fabrication. As a                                                            
     result  of this project  approximately  42 additional  Alaskans                                                            
     annually  will receive training and employment  in welding/pipe                                                            
     welding jobs.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Bell told of the demand for more trained welders. This request                                                              
would fund construction of the expansion and equipment.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green asked for examples of other types of projects funded                                                             
with this funding source.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Bell replied that this funding source has been used in the                                                                  
past, but was unfamiliar with the restrictions.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
10:41:38 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Improvements  to  Workers'  Compensation  Computer  System  and                                                            
     Completion of Electronic Data Exchange                                                                                     
     $1,094,100 Wrkrs Safe                                                                                                      
     Reference No.: AMD40587                                                                                                    
     Category: General Government                                                                                               
     Location: Juneau Areawide                                                                                                  
     Election District: Juneau Areawide                                                                                         
     Estimated Project Dates: 07/01/2005 - 06/30/2007                                                                           
     One-Time Project                                                                                                           
     The   current  Workers'   Compensation   computer  system   was                                                            
     installed  in  1999.  Since  that  time  many  corrections  and                                                            
     enhancements  have been  identified that  will make the  system                                                            
     more  responsive  to  the  needs of  users.  In  addition,  the                                                            
     Division   has  been   working  to  add   an  electronic   data                                                            
     interchange  (EDI)  capacity  that  will  allow  employers  and                                                            
     insurers  to  file reports  electronically.  The  Division  has                                                            
     received  some funding authority in the past  to address system                                                            
     problems  in a  piecemeal fashion.  This project  will allow  a                                                            
     comprehensive system overhaul.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Mr.  Bell stated  the  intent  is  to reduce  processing  of  injury                                                            
reports  from 14  days to  one day.  This system  would also  reduce                                                            
timing  of  other functions  and  result  in  a reduction  of  fines                                                            
imposed for late filings.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
10:43:11 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Department of Law                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
10:43:33 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Management Information System                                                                                              
     $1,000,000 Bond Funds                                                                                                      
     Reference No.: 40036                                                                                                       
     Category: General Government                                                                                               
     Location: Statewide                                                                                                        
     Election District: Statewide                                                                                               
     Estimated Project Dates: 07/01/2005 - 06/30/2010                                                                           
     One-Time Project                                                                                                           
     1.)  Replacement   of  our  outdated   and  poorly   performing                                                            
     timekeeping and billing system.                                                                                            
     2.)  Installation  of a full-featured  case  management  system                                                            
     with a case-based  calendaring module and case-diary feature as                                                            
     well  as conflict checking  and contact  management  functions.                                                            
     This system  would be fully integrated  with or be part  of the                                                            
     timekeeping and billing system.                                                                                            
     3.) Installation  of a document  management system which  fully                                                            
     integrates  with timekeeping,  case management,  and  knowledge                                                            
     management (i.e. Westkm) systems.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SCOTT  NORDSTRAND,  Acting  Attorney  General,  Department  of  Law,                                                            
testified that the intent  is not to change the existing system, but                                                            
rather  to create a  new system.  Currently, the  Department  has no                                                            
case  management  technology to  access  information  specific to  a                                                            
case,  such as  the  calendaring  of a  case,  retrieving  documents                                                            
pertaining  to a case,  etc. that  is necessary  to meet  deadlines.                                                            
This centralized  system is  important in the  event an attorney  is                                                            
out of the  office. If the Department  were a private firm  it would                                                            
be unable to secure  malpractice insurance without  such a system in                                                            
place.  He  qualified   that  the  Criminal  Division   has  a  case                                                            
management system, but no document management system.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Mr.  Nordstrand  continued that  the  amount of  the  project is  an                                                            
estimate.  The intent  is to purchase  "off the  shelf" software.  A                                                            
consultant would  be hired to determine the Department's  needs, and                                                            
then a request for bids would be released.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken asked if this project could be funded in phases.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Nordstrand  did not know.  The software  would be purchased  and                                                            
installed at one time.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
KATHRYN  DAUGHHETEE,  Director,  Administrative  Services  Division,                                                            
Department   of   Law,  testified   she   would   investigate   this                                                            
possibility.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
10:51:04 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Collections Database                                                                                                       
     $250,000 GF/Prgm                                                                                                           
     Reference No.: 40054                                                                                                       
     Category: General Government                                                                                               
     Location: Anchorage Areawide                                                                                               
     Election District: Anchorage Areawide                                                                                      
     Estimated Project Dates: 07/01/2005 - 06/30/2010                                                                           
     On-Time Project                                                                                                            
     Replace existing Collections and Support Database                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Daughhetee  stated  that the  Department  makes collections  and                                                            
garnishes Alaska  Permanent Fund Dividend payments  on behalf of the                                                            
State.  However,  the  current  system  could  not  be  expanded  or                                                            
enhanced to  handle electronic downloading  of information  from the                                                            
Permanent Fund Division  of the Department of Revenue, or the Alaska                                                            
Court   System.     Correctional   surcharges   totaling   $750,000,                                                            
authorized through  legislation passed the previous  session are not                                                            
currently  collected because  the  database is  unable to  encompass                                                            
another type of collection.  The requested amount of this item would                                                            
be returned  at  least three-fold  annually  to the  State with  the                                                            
implementation of a new system.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Mr.  Nordstrand  informed that  staff  currently  prints  electronic                                                            
data, then manually keys that information into the system.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Senator Dyson  stressed his interest in restoration  to victims. The                                                            
current  system does  not provide  notice  to the  courts of  unpaid                                                            
judgments.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
10:53:18 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Department of Military and Veterans Affairs                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
10:53:31 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Bethel Readiness Center New Construction - Phase 2                                                                         
     $2,500,000 ASLC Bonds                                                                                                      
     $8,062,500 Federal Receipts                                                                                                
     Reference No.: 34848                                                                                                       
     Category: Public Protection                                                                                                
     Location: Bethel                                                                                                           
     Election District: Bethel                                                                                                  
     Estimated Project Dates: 07/01/2005 - 06/30/2010                                                                           
     State Match Required                                                                                                       
     Phased-Underway Project                                                                                                    
     The Bethel National  Guard Readiness Center is currently in the                                                            
     design  phase to replace the  existing undersized and  outdated                                                            
     facility.  Construction of a new facility is  necessary to meet                                                            
     the minimum  requirements established by National  Guard Bureau                                                            
     (NGB).  NGB requires  25% matching funds  for construction  and                                                            
     100%  state funding  for building  site work.  This project  is                                                            
     being  funded using three  budget cycles.  This request  is for                                                            
     the  second  budget  cycle  funding.   An additional   $687,500                                                            
     general   fund  match   will  be  required   to  complete   the                                                            
     construction and will be requested in FY 07.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
JOHN CRAMER, Director, Division of Administrative Services,                                                                     
Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, read the Brief Summary                                                             
and Statement of Need into the record.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
10:54:17 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     State Homeland Security Grant Program                                                                                      
     $15,000,000 Federal Receipts                                                                                               
     Reference No.: 38529                                                                                                       
     Category: Public Protection                                                                                                
     Location: Statewide                                                                                                        
     Election District: Statewide                                                                                               
     Estimated Project Dates: 07/01/2005 - 06/30/2010                                                                           
     On-Going Project                                                                                                           
     The State  Homeland Security grant program is  annually awarded                                                            
     by the Office of Domestic  Preparedness (ODP), US Department of                                                            
     Justice.  This request will allow the Department  to accept the                                                            
     100%  federally  funded grant  allocation.  Program  activities                                                            
     include  homeland security  planning,  equipment, training  and                                                            
      exercises to support State and local first responders.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Cramer outlined this request.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
10:54:46 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Anchorage Armory Expansion                                                                                                 
     $500,000 Bond Funds                                                                                                        
     Reference No.: 39011                                                                                                       
     Category: Public Protection                                                                                                
     Location: Anchorage Areawide                                                                                               
     Election District: Anchorage Areawide                                                                                      
     Estimated Project Dates: 07/01/2005 - 06/30/2009                                                                           
     One-Time Project                                                                                                           
     This  project is for  the construction  of a 1,790 square  foot                                                            
     second  floor addition to the  Anchorage National Guard  Armory                                                            
     located  on Fort Richardson,  Camp Denali. Due to the  Homeland                                                            
     Security program growth  within this facility, office space has                                                            
     become  extremely  congested, leaving  no  available space  for                                                            
     temporary  expansion during  and actual  emergency or  disaster                                                            
     event.  Extension of  the second floor  provides the most  cost                                                            
     effective  alternative for increasing space occupancy  for this                                                            
     facility.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Cramer overviewed the summary statement.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
10:55:15 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Military  Youth Academy Dining  Facility Renovation  and Repair                                                            
     $276,900 Bond Funds                                                                                                        
     Reference No.: 40065                                                                                                       
     Category: Education                                                                                                        
     Location: Statewide                                                                                                        
     Election District: Statewide                                                                                               
     Estimated Project Dates: 07/01/2005 - 06/30/2010                                                                           
     One-Time Project                                                                                                           
     This project  will renovate and upgrade the 10,650  square foot                                                            
     dining  facility at  the Alaska Military  Youth Academy  (AMYA)                                                            
     located on  Fort Richardson at the Camp Carroll  Training Site.                                                            
     This  building  was built  in 1979  and  has been  used by  the                                                            
     Academy  for the past  11 years as both  a dining facility  and                                                            
     educational testing center.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Cramer read the summary statement into the record.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
10:55:47 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Alaska Statewide Emergency Communications                                                                                  
     $1,950,000 Federal Receipts                                                                                                
     $550,000 general funds                                                                                                     
     Reference No.: 40061                                                                                                       
     Category: Public Protection                                                                                                
     Location: Statewide                                                                                                        
     Election District: Statewide                                                                                               
     Estimated Project Dates: 07/01/2004 - 06/30/2010                                                                           
     On-Going Project                                                                                                           
     This project will  merge three emergency communications systems                                                            
     into  a single,  operationally  integrated  concept. This  will                                                            
     expand  the  current  Emergency  Alert System  (EAS)  to  rural                                                            
     communities  using a concept  titled Mini Radio Service  (MRS),                                                            
     modernize  the National Alert and Warning System  (NaWaS) to 29                                                            
     statewide locations  and provide basic 911 service to all wired                                                            
     phones  in the  state. This  comprehensive,  statewide  network                                                            
     integration  system  will  reduce costs,  improve  service  and                                                            
     comply with federal mandates.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Cramer outlined this request.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
10:56:19 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Alaska Aviation Safety Project Phases 2 and 3                                                                              
     $8,452,000 Federal Receipts                                                                                                
     Reference No.: 40060                                                                                                       
     Category: Public Protection                                                                                                
     Location: Statewide                                                                                                        
     Election District: Statewide                                                                                               
     Estimated Project Dates: 07/01/2005 - 06/30/2010                                                                           
     Phased-Underway Project                                                                                                    
     This  research  project  is funded  by  NASA  and the  FAA.  It                                                            
     involves  mapping  the most dangerous  major  air corridors  in                                                            
     Alaska  using  ortho-rectified,   remote  imaging  and  digital                                                            
     elevation  models  to create  3-D  visual fly  throughs.  These                                                            
     renderings  will  be used  by the  aviation  community,  Rescue                                                            
     Coordination  Center (RCC)  and the  Medallion Foundation.  The                                                            
     goal  of  this  research  is to  apply  advanced  sciences  and                                                            
     technology   to  decrease   aircraft   accidents  and   related                                                            
     fatalities.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Cramer overviewed the summary statement.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
10:56:56 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Army Guard Deferred Maintenance, Renewal, and Replacement                                                                  
     $500,000 Bond Funds                                                                                                        
     $500,000 Federal Receipts                                                                                                  
     Reference No.: 38963                                                                                                       
     Category: Public Protection                                                                                                
     Location: Statewide                                                                                                        
     Election District: Statewide                                                                                               
     Estimated Project Dates: 07/01/2005 - 06/30/2010                                                                           
     On-Going Project                                                                                                           
     With  237 Alaska Army  National Guard  buildings at 96  various                                                            
     locations,  with  an average  age  of approximately  30  years,                                                            
     deferred  maintenance and  renewal and  replacement are  a high                                                            
     priority. Preventative  maintenance is performed on a schedule,                                                            
     yet building  components have  a limited life thus renewal  and                                                            
     replacement   is  required.  This  project  requests   $500,000                                                            
     federal authority  from the National Guard Bureau  and $500,000                                                            
     State funds.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Cramer outlined this request.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green asked if State matching funds are required.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Cramer answered they are.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
10:57:35 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Kodiak Readiness Center Addition and Alteration                                                                            
     $1,500,000 Federal Receipts                                                                                                
     Reference No.: 40062                                                                                                       
     Category: Public Protection                                                                                                
     Location: Statewide                                                                                                        
     Election District: Statewide                                                                                               
     Estimated Project Dates: 07/01/2005 - 06/30/2010                                                                           
     This project  is for the construction  addition and  alteration                                                            
     to the  existing Readiness Center  in Kodiak. The facility  was                                                            
     constructed  in 1959 and does  not meet current National  Guard                                                            
     Bureau  space criteria for the  mission and the assigned  unit.                                                            
     Utilizing the Congressional  Add process, this project is being                                                            
     submitted  as an Unspecified Minor Construction  project and is                                                            
     on  the Alaska  Army  National  Guard  Long-Range Construction                                                             
     Plan. This project  will increase administrative and training s                                                            
     pace  and upgrade latrine  facilities  to accommodate  male and                                                            
     female soldiers.  This request is 100% federally  funded by the                                                            
     National Guard.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Cramer read the summary statement into the record.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
10:57:57 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Army Guard Energy Projects                                                                                                 
     $150,000 Federal Receipts                                                                                                  
     Reference No.: 32560                                                                                                       
     Category: Public Protection                                                                                                
     Location: Statewide                                                                                                        
     Election District: Statewide                                                                                               
     Estimated Project Dates: 07/01/2003 - 06/30/2008                                                                           
     On-Going Project                                                                                                           
     This   project  funds  the  replacement   of  doors,   windows,                                                            
     insulation  and various other  energy efficiency upgrades  that                                                            
     will  be  performed  in existing  Alaska  Army  National  Guard                                                            
     facilities    throughout    the   National    Guard    Military                                                            
     Headquarters'  performance  measure  strategy  G1: Incorporate                                                             
     energy-efficient design practices.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Cramer overviewed the summary statement.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
10:58:22 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Alaska National Guard Counterdrug Support Program                                                                          
     $100,000 Federal Receipts                                                                                                  
     Reference No.: 31915                                                                                                       
     Category: Public Protection                                                                                                
     Location: Statewide                                                                                                        
     Election District: Statewide                                                                                               
     Estimated Project Dates: 07/01/2005 - 06/30/2010                                                                           
     On-Going Project                                                                                                           
     This  program  participates  in the  US Department  of  Justice                                                            
     Asset  Forfeiture  Program.   This federal   program's  primary                                                            
     purpose  is to deter  crime by depriving  criminals of  profits                                                            
     and proceeds from their illegal activities.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Cramer explained these funds would be utilized for technical                                                                
support and materials.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
10:59:12 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Alaska Land Mobile Radio Continued Core Infrastructure                                                                     
     Construction                                                                                                               
     $2,744,000 Federal Receipts                                                                                                
     Reference No.: AMD40583                                                                                                    
     Category: Public Protection                                                                                                
     Location: Statewide                                                                                                        
     Election District: Statewide                                                                                               
     Estimated Project Dates: 07/01/2005 - 06/30/2010                                                                           
     Phased-Underway Project                                                                                                    
     This project is for the continued construction of the core                                                                 
      infrastructure of the Alaska Land Mobile Radio System.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Cramer read the summary statement into the record.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                

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