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     SENATE BILL NO. 46                                                                                                         
     "An  Act making capital  appropriations  and appropriations  to                                                            
      capitalize funds; and providing for an effective date."                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
This  bill  had  previously   been  heard  in  the  Senate   Finance                                                            
Committee. Unless otherwise  noted, amendments are considered to the                                                            
committee substitute,  Version "Y" adopted at the  previous hearing.                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Amendment #35: This amendment  inserts a new subsection into Section                                                            
52. DEPARTMENT  OF ADMINISTRATION.,  on page 119, following  line 26                                                            
to read as follows.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
          (c) The sum of $4,350,000 is appropriated from the                                                                    
     general    fund   to   the   Department   of   Administration,                                                             
     commissioner's  office, for distribution  to state agencies  to                                                            
     offset  the increased chargeback  rates for statewide  services                                                            
     as identified  in the statewide  federal cost allocation  plan.                                                            
                                                                                                                                
AND                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Amendment  #36: This  amendment  inserts  two new  subsections  into                                                            
Section 20. FUND  TRANSFERS., on page 96, following  line 18 to read                                                            
as follows.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
          (d) The sum of $12,000,000 is appropriated from the                                                                   
     general   fund  to   the  Alaska  public   building  fund   (AS                                                            
     37.05.570).                                                                                                                
          (e) The amount necessary to have an unobligated balance                                                               
     of  $5,000,000  in  the  state insurance   catastrophe  reserve                                                            
     account  in accordance with AS  37.05.289 is appropriated  from                                                            
     the  general fund to  the state insurance  catastrophe  reserve                                                            
     account (AS 37.05.289).                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
This  amendment  also deletes  "$300,000"  from  subsection  (b)  of                                                            
Section 52. DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION., on page 119, line 25 and                                                             
inserts "$40,300,000". The amended language reads as follows.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
          (b) The sum of $40,300,000 is appropriated from the                                                                   
     general   fund   to   the   information   services   fund   (AS                                                            
     44.21.045(a)).                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
The Committee adopted the two amendments at the previous hearing.                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken offered a motion to rescind action taken on                                                                     
Amendments #35 and #36.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
There being no objection, the Committee's action adopting Amendment                                                             
#35 and Amendment #36 was RESCINDED.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green announced that these amendments would be replaced                                                                
with a new amendment.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Amendment #35 & 36(A): This amendment reads as follows.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
     This amendment corrects amendments #35 and #36                                                                             
     This allows the authorization  to spend from the funds that are                                                            
     capitalized.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     SB 46 "F"                                                                                                                  
     Amendment offered by Senator Green                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
     Add:                                                                                                                       
     Sec. 1.                                                                                                                    
     Enterprise Technology           $7,959,500 Information Svcs Fund                                                           
     Services and Statewide Administrative                                                                                      
     System Replacement capital projects                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     Deferred Maintenance for        $12,000,000 Public Building Fund                                                           
     Buildings in the Public                                                                                                    
     Building Fund                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     Sec.  20.  FUND  TRANSFERS.  (c)  The  sum  of  $40,000,000  is                                                            
     appropriated from  the general fund to the information services                                                            
     fund.                                                                                                                      
     (d)  The amount  necessary to  have an  unobligated balance  of                                                            
     $5,000,000  in the state insurance catastrophe  reserve account                                                            
     in  accordance  with  AS 37.05.289  is  appropriated  from  the                                                            
     general  fund  to  the  state  insurance  catastrophe   reserve                                                            
     account.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     New  Section  XX.  Department  of Administration.  The  sum  of                                                            
     $4,350,000    is   appropriated    to    the   Department    of                                                            
     Administration,  Commissioner's Office for the  distribution to                                                            
     state  agencies to offset  the increased  chargeback rates  for                                                            
     statewide services  as identified in the Statewide Federal Cost                                                            
     Allocation Plan.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
GINGER BLAISDELL, Staff to Co-Chair Green, explained the new                                                                    
Amendment #35 & 36(A), saying it would have a net zero impact.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
[Note: The Committee's intent was to adopt the amendment, although                                                              
no motion was made to do so.]                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green determined the amendment to be ADOPTED without                                                                   
objection.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Amendment #37: This amendment inserts two new bill sections to read                                                             
as follows.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     Sec.  XX. DEPARTMENT  OF HEALTH  AND SOCIAL  SERVICES  PERSONAL                                                            
     NEEDS  ALLOWANCE  FOR  ASSISTED LIVING  HOMES.  (a)  It is  the                                                            
     intent  of the legislature  that the  Department of Health  and                                                            
     Social  Services repeal 7 AAC  43.1058(k)(1)(B) effective  July                                                            
     1, 2005.                                                                                                                   
          (b) It is the further intent of the legislature that the                                                              
     Department  of  Health  and Social  Services  shall  adopt  new                                                            
     emergency  regulations establishing a personal  needs allowance                                                            
     for recipients  residing in an  assisted living facility  equal                                                            
     to the  monthly income  limit set in  AS 47.07.020(b)(6)  minus                                                            
     $260.00.  Until such  time as  the department  can adopt  these                                                            
     regulations  at 7 AAC  43.1058(k)(1)(B),  the department  shall                                                            
     apply  personal needs allowance  for recipients residing  in an                                                            
     assisted living facility  equal to the monthly income limit set                                                            
     in   AS  47.07.020(b)(6)   minus   $260.00.   This  meets   the                                                            
     requirements  for  finding  of  a public,  health,  safety  and                                                            
     welfare emergency under AS 44.62.250.                                                                                      
          (c) The sum of $363,500 is appropriated to the Department                                                             
     of  Health   and  Social  Services,  senior  and  disabilities                                                             
     Medicaid  services in order to adopt new emergency  regulations                                                            
     as outlined in subsections  (a) and (b) of this section for the                                                            
     fiscal  year ending June 30,  2006, from the following  sources                                                            
     in the amounts stated:                                                                                                     
                Federal Receipts          $209,300                                                                              
                General Fund Match         154,200                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     Sec.__.  EFFECTIVE DATE. (a)  Section XX (a) is effective  July                                                            
     1, 2005.                                                                                                                   
          (b) Section XX (b) is effective July 2, 2005.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green moved for adoption and outlined the amendment.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
There being no objection, Amendment #37 was ADOPTED.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Amendment  #38:  This  amendment  inserts  a new  subsection  in  to                                                            
Section 20. FUND  TRANSFERS., on page 96, following  line 18 to read                                                            
as follows.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
          (d) The sum of $2,693,700 is appropriated from the                                                                    
     general  fund  to the  Alaska marine  highway  system fund  (AS                                                            
     19.65.060(a)).                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
This amendment  also stipulates  an effective  date of July  1, 2005                                                            
for  the inserted  subsection.  Accompanying   explanatory  language                                                            
reads as follows.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     DESCRIPTION: Marine highway fuel increase                                                                                  
     The FY 06  Governor's request as proposed in  December 2004 was                                                            
     based  on $1.17  per gallon  of fuel.  The  volatility of  fuel                                                            
     prices  is reflected in the $1.54  per gallon average  price to                                                            
     date  in FY 05. If  we use the Alaska  Department of  Revenue's                                                            
     Spring  Forecast to estimate  prices in FY 06, the result  is a                                                            
     delivered  fuel price for the AMHS at a slightly  lower average                                                            
     price of $1.425 per  gallon estimate. The marine highway system                                                            
     is projected to use  approximately 10.7 million gallons of fuel                                                            
     in FY 06.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken moved for adoption.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green objected for an explanation.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Blaisdell  explained that this amendment would  appropriate over                                                            
$2  million   general  funds  for   Alaska  marine  highway   vessel                                                            
operations.  The  amount approved  in  the  FY 06  operating  budget                                                            
legislation would be insufficient.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Senator Dyson  understood therefore  that this is a FY 06  operating                                                            
budget expenditure.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green clarified  this would be a supplemental appropriation                                                            
to the amount provided in the operating budget.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Blaisdell  informed that  this  amendment  was offered  at  the                                                            
request of  the Office of Management  and Budget and the  Department                                                            
of Transportation  and Public  Facilities.  The need for  additional                                                            
funding was realized at  the time that the operating budgets for the                                                            
Department of  Transportation and Public Facilities  was closed out.                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Dyson   clarified  this  is  not  an  FY  05  supplemental                                                             
appropriation.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken affirmed.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
There being no objection, Amendment #38 was ADOPTED.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Amendment  #39: This  amendment  deletes the  City of  Sand Point  -                                                            
Purchase and Upgrade of  Old Reeve Aleutian Airways Building (HD 37)                                                            
component  of the Airport  Improvement Program  Budget Request  Unit                                                            
(BRU), Department  of Transportation  and Public Facilities  on page                                                            
49, lines 29 -  32 and the $1 million allocation to  that component.                                                            
                                                                                                                                
This amendment also deletes  the Ketchikan: Airport Improvements (HD                                                            
1) component of  the Airport Improvement Program BRU,  Department of                                                            
Transportation  and Public Facilities on page 51,  lines 5 and 6 and                                                            
the $500,000 allocation to that component.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
This amendment also deletes  Sand Point: Terminal Redevelopment Plan                                                            
(HD  37) of  the  Airport Improvement  Program  BRU,  Department  of                                                            
Transportation  and Public  Facilities on page  52, lines 31  and 32                                                            
and the $200,000 allocation to that component.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
This amendment  also adds  a new City of Sand  Point - Purchase  and                                                            
Upgrade of Old Reeve Aleutian  Airways Building (HD 37) component to                                                            
the Congressional  Earmarks  BRU, Department  of Transportation  and                                                            
Public Facilities  on page  65, line 6 and  allocates $1 million  to                                                            
the component.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
This amendment  also adds a new Ketchikan: Airport  Improvements (HD                                                            
1)  component  to the  Congressional  Earmarks  BRU,  Department  of                                                            
Transportation  and  Public  Facilities  on  page  65,  line  6  and                                                            
allocates $500,000 to the component.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
This amendment  also adds a new Sand Point - Terminal  Redevelopment                                                            
Plan  (HD   37)  component  to  the   Congressional  Earmarks   BRU,                                                            
Department of Transportation  and Public Facilities on page 65, line                                                            
6 and allocates $200,000 to the component.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Accompanying explanatory language reads as follows.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     Description:                                                                                                               
     These projects are  Congressional Earmarks, rather than Airport                                                            
     Improvement  Projects.  The funding source  (federal  receipts)                                                            
     does not  change. This amendment  just moves the projects  from                                                            
     the   Airport   Improvement   Program  appropriation   to   the                                                            
     Congressional Earmarks appropriations.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken moved for adoption.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Blaisdell characterized  this  as  a technical  amendment.  She                                                            
proposed changes  to the amendment to delete the City  of Sand Point                                                            
- Purchase  and Upgrade of Old Reeve  Aleutian Airways Building  and                                                            
corresponding  $1 million  allocation  and change  the title of  the                                                            
Sand Point - Terminal Redevelopment  Plan (HD 37) component to read,                                                            
"Sand  Point -  Terminal  Redevelopment  (HD  37) and  increase  the                                                            
allocation to that component to $1 million.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
4:53:37 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Blaisdell  continued to  outline the  proposed amendment  to the                                                            
amendment.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Green clarified  the  projects  should be  categorized  as                                                            
congressional earmarks.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Blaisdell affirmed, noting the federal funds.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
[Note:  The  Committee   intent  was  to  amend  the   amendment  to                                                            
incorporate the changes  proposed by the witness, although no motion                                                            
was made.]                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green  determined Amendment  #39 to be AMENDED and  ADOPTED                                                            
without objection.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
4:54:17 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Amendment  #40: This amendment  increases  the appropriation  to the                                                            
Alaska Aviation  Safety Project Phases  2 and 3 (HD 1-40)  component                                                            
of the  Department  of Military  and Veterans  Affairs  on page  38,                                                            
lines  13 through  15 from  $8,452,000  Other Funds  to $11,452,000                                                             
Other Funds. Accompanying explanatory language reads as follows.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     Description: Alaska  Aviation Safety Project Phases 2 and 3 (HD                                                            
     1-40)                                                                                                                      
     The  department has recently  received  word that NASA  will be                                                            
     increasing this grant by $3 million.                                                                                       
     This  project 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.                                                             
     The aviation  community, Rescue  Coordination Center  (RCC) and                                                            
     the Medallion  Foundation will  use these renderings.  The goal                                                            
     of this research  is to apply advanced sciences  and technology                                                            
      to decrease aircraft accidents and related fatalities.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken moved for adoption.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green overviewed the explanatory statement.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
There being no objection, Amendment #40 was ADOPTED.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
4:54:53 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Amendment #41: This amendment  deletes the language pertaining to FY                                                            
03 from subsection  (d) of Section 35. RATIFICATIONS.,  on page 106,                                                            
lines 12 through 14. The amended language reads as follows.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
          (d) The expenditures by the Department of Commerce,                                                                   
     Community  and  Economic  Development  for  a  qualified  trade                                                            
     association contract  for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2004,                                                            
     are ratified in the amount of $158,174.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Accompanying explanatory language reads as follows.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     Description: Technical correction to reflect just fiscal year                                                              
     2004.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken moved for adoption.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green clarified this is a technical amendment.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
JOAN BROWN, Chief  Budget Analyst, Office of Management  and Budget,                                                            
Office of the  Governor, affirmed  this is a technical amendment  to                                                            
eliminate ratification amounts for FY 03 from this provision.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
AT EASE 4:56:13 PM / 4:56:15 PM                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
There being no objection Amendment #41 was ADOPTED.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
4:56:43 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Amendment  #42: This  amendment changes  the funding  source of  the                                                            
$55,400  appropriation  to  the  Interior  Region  Timber  Marketing                                                            
Prospectus (HD  6) component of the Department of  Natural Resources                                                            
on  page 40,  lines  30 and  31 from  Statutory  Designated  Program                                                            
Receipts  (Fund   1108)  to  Timber  Sales  Receipts   (Fund  1155).                                                            
Accompanying explanatory language reads as follows.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     Description: Interior Region Timber Marketing Prospectus                                                                   
     There is no source of SDPR for the Interior Region Timber                                                                  
     Marketing Prospectus.                                                                                                      
     Timber Sales Receipts could fund this program.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken moved for adoption.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green explained this is another technical change.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
There being no objection, Amendment #42 was ADOPTED.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
4:57:11 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Amendment  #43:  This amendment  increases  the  allocation  to  the                                                            
Fairbanks International  Airport:  Terminal Area Development  (HD 7-                                                            
11) component of the Airport  Improvement Program BRU, Department of                                                            
Transportation  and Public Facilities  on page 50, lines  19 through                                                            
21 from $2.2 million to  $40.6 million. A notation states "This will                                                            
change the Airport Improvement  Program appropriation amount on page                                                            
48." Accompanying explanatory language reads as follows.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     Description:                                                                                                               
     New fund sources:    $3,000,000 Federal Receipts (Fund 1002)                                                               
                          10,000,000 International Airport Revenue                                                              
                                          Funds (Fund 1027)                                                                     
                          27,600,000 International Airport                                                                      
                                          Construction Funds                                                                    
                                          (Fund 1112)                                                                           
     This  funding  change  was  submitted  in the  March  25,  2005                                                            
     amendment package sent to the Legislature.                                                                                 
     A terminal  area development  plan was completed for  FAI under                                                            
     the  guidance and  direction  of the FAI  Terminal Development                                                             
     Technical  Committee  consisting of representatives  from  FAI,                                                            
     DOT&PF,   FAA  (Federal   Aviation  Administration)   and   the                                                            
     airlines. As a subtask  of this effort, a deficiency evaluation                                                            
     was  completed for the  facility. This  deficiency study  notes                                                            
     that three  independent structural  evaluations found  portions                                                            
     of the  building to  be structurally unsound  and that  under a                                                            
     design  level seismic  event the  building will  be subject  to                                                            
     possible collapse  and significant damage. The study also noted                                                            
     that  portions  of the  facility  Department of  Education  and                                                            
     Early  Development  not  meet  required  fire and  life  safety                                                            
     codes,  are  functionally  deficient  and that  the  buildings'                                                            
     physical systems (HVAC,  electrical, etc.) were near the end of                                                            
     their useful life  and will require major repair or replacement                                                            
     in the near  future. A preferred alternative  for replacing and                                                            
     upgrading  portions  of  the  facility  to  address  the  noted                                                            
     deficiencies  while providing  adequate space for the  expected                                                            
     growth in passenger  traffic in the near term was developed and                                                            
      agreed upon by the members of the Technical Committee.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken moved for adoption.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Blaisdell  explained that  the Office  of Management and  Budget                                                            
has identified  additional funds,  none of which are general  funds.                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green  clarified this amendment would have  no net increase                                                            
in general fund expenditure.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Blaisdell  stressed  the significant  increase  in use of  other                                                            
funds.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
There being no objection, Amendment #43 was ADOPTED.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
4:58:23 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Amendment #44: This amendment  inserts a new subsection into Section                                                            
22. OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR.,  on page 98, line 9 to read as follows.                                                            
                                                                                                                                
          (a) Section 8(a), ch. 6, SLA 2005, is amended to read:                                                                
                     (a) The sum of $375,000 is appropriated from                                                               
                the general fund to  the Office of the Governor  for                                                            
                direct  support  of national  efforts  to  open  the                                                            
                coastal  plain  of  the  Arctic  National   Wildlife                                                            
                Refuge for oil and gas exploration  and development,                                                          
                and  other   oil  and  gas   and  natural   resource                                                          
                development projects,  for the  fiscal years  ending                                                          
                June 30, 2005, and June 30, 2006.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
          New Text Underlined                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
This amendment  then renumbers the  existing subsections  of Section                                                            
22   accordingly.    Accompanying   explanatory   language    reads,                                                            
"Description: This extends the purpose of the appropriation."                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken moved for adoption.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green  objected for explanation,  noting it was  offered at                                                            
the request of the Office of Management and Budget.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Blaisdell  explained  this amendment  relates to "appropriation                                                             
items  that are  in the  gas pipeline  section of  the supplemental                                                             
portion of this bill."                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green ordered the amendment TABLED.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
4:59:11 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Amendment  #45:  This amendment  adds  "and other  oil  and gas  and                                                            
natural resource development  projects" to subsection (a) of Section                                                            
22. OFFICE  OF THE GOVERNOR.,  on page 98,  lines 9 through  12. The                                                            
amended subsection reads as follows.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
          (a) The sum of $125,000 is appropriated from the Alaska                                                               
     Permanent  Fund  Corporation  receipts  to  the Office  of  the                                                            
     Governor  for direct  support of national  efforts to  open the                                                            
     coastal  plain of the Arctic  National Wildlife Refuge  for oil                                                            
     and gas exploration  and development, and other oil and gas and                                                            
     natural  resource development  projects,  for the fiscal  years                                                            
     ending June 30, 2005, and June 30, 2006.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Accompanying explanatory  language reads, "Description: This expands                                                            
the purpose of the appropriation."                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken moved for adoption.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Blaisdell explained  that this amendment is similar to Amendment                                                            
#44.                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Green objected  to the  motion and  ordered the  amendment                                                            
TABLED.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:59:41 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Amendment   #46:  This   amendment   increases   the  general   fund                                                            
appropriation  to  the  Management  Information   System  (HD  1-40)                                                            
component of  the Department of Law  on page 38, lines 8  and 9 from                                                            
$500,000 to $1  million. Accompanying explanatory  language reads as                                                            
follows.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     Description:                                                                                                               
     This  amendment  restores  this  project  to  the  full  amount                                                            
     requested  in  the Governor's  Capital  Budget.  The agency  is                                                            
     concerned  that reducing this appropriation to  50% jeopardizes                                                            
     its  ability  to  purchase  needed  software  and  hardware  to                                                            
     achieve  critically needed  improvements  in technology  in the                                                            
     State's  largest  law  office.   The current   timekeeping  and                                                            
     billing  system  is  outdated,  case  management  and  document                                                            
     management  is practically  nonexistent  when measured  against                                                            
     industry  standards. The agency  is hampered in its  ability to                                                            
     supply  accurate  and dependable  management  information  that                                                            
     would   be  the  cornerstone   of  meaningful  and   measurable                                                            
     performance information.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken moved for adoption.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Blaisdell outlined the explanatory statement.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
There being no objection, Amendment #46 was ADOPTED.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
5:00:37 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Amendment #47:  This amendment deletes  the language of Section  10.                                                            
NATIONAL PETROLEUM  RESERVE - ALASKA  IMPACT GRANT PROGRAM;  INTENT.                                                            
(b), on page 92,  lines 16 - 20 and inserts new language  to read as                                                            
follows.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
          (b) The sum of $24,706,539, received by the National                                                                  
     Petroleum Reserve  - Alaska special revenue fund (AS 37.05.530)                                                            
     under  42 U.S.C. 6508  by August 31,  2005, is appropriated  to                                                            
     the Department of  Commerce, Community and Economic Development                                                            
     from  capital  project  grants  under  the  National  Petroleum                                                            
     Reserve  -  Alaska  impact  grant   program  to  the  following                                                            
     municipalities for  the purposes stated in the amounts set out:                                                            
          MUNICIPALITY               PROJECT                   AMOUNT                                                           
          (1)  North Slope Borough   Social and cultural      $275,880                                                          
                                       study - phase 2                                                                          
          (2) North Slope Borough Wainwright youth             229,500                                                          
                                       program                                                                                  
          (3) Nuiqsut                Local government          468,000                                                          
                        operations/cultural                                                                                     
                                       coordinator                                                                              
          (4) North Slope Borough Wainwright softball           35,000                                                          
                                       field                                                                                    
          (5) Barrow                 City impound and          174,389                                                          
                                       disposal site project                                                                    
          (6) North Slope Borough Atqasuk energy               100,042                                                          
                                       assessment                                                                               
          (7) North Slope Borough Wainwright local             311,500                                                          
                                       government operations                                                                    
          (8) Barrow                 City Hall building         69,413                                                          
                                       addition feasibility                                                                     
                                       study                                                                                    
          (9) Nuiqsut                Youth center operations 150,000                                                            
                                       and maintenance                                                                          
          (10) Atqasuk               Atqasuk local             336,468                                                          
                                       government operations                                                                    
          (11) Barrow                Roller rink renovation     63,556                                                          
                         feasibility study                                                                                      
          (12) North Slope Borough Utility master plan/        106,221                                                          
                                       emergency plan                                                                           
          (13)  North Slope Borough  Misdemeanor probation     346,071                                                          
                                       officer                                                                                  
          (14) North Slope Borough Fire equipment and          250,000                                                          
                                       training                                                                                 
          (15) Barrow                Barrow local            1,385,843                                                          
                                       government operations                                                                    
          (16) Nuiqsut               Design/install            200,000                                                          
                                       retractable boat ramp                                                                    
          (17)  North Slope Borough  Continuing studies to  2,461,368                                                           
                                       investigate                                                                              
                                       wildlife/subsistence                                                                     
          (18)  North Slope Borough  Oil spill response team   737,867                                                          
          (19)  North Slope Borough  Police officers for    1,486,689                                                           
                                       NPR-A villages                                                                           
          (20)  North Slope Borough  Health, survival, and     654,426                                                          
                                       sustainability of key                                                                    
                                       subsistence resources                                                                    
          (21)  North Slope Borough  Workforce development  3,729,451                                                           
                                       program                                                                                  
          (22)  North Slope Borough  Mayor's job program    2,527,961                                                           
          (23)  North Slope Borough  Police importation     1,101,512                                                           
                                       combat program                                                                           
          (24) North Slope Borough North Slope science         425,578                                                          
                                       initiative                                                                               
          (25) North Slope Borough Village capacity            968,182                                                          
                                       building                                                                                 
          (26) North Slope Borough NPR-A technical          1,468,508                                                           
                                       review team                                                                              
          (27) North Slope Borough Allied health            3,400,000                                                           
                                       training center                                                                          
          (28)  North Slope Borough  Wainwright city office     38,114                                                          
                                       renovation                                                                               
          (29) Atqasuk               Youth center addition     680,000                                                          
                        to community center                                                                                     
          (30) North Slope Borough Wainwright lagoon           525,000                                                          
                                       boat launch                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
          (c) If the amount available for appropriation from the                                                                
     National  Petroleum Reserve -  Alaska special reserve  fund (AS                                                            
     37.05.530) under (b)  of this section is less than $24,706,539,                                                            
     then each  of the appropriations made by (b)(1)  - (30) of this                                                            
     section  is  reduced   in  proportion  to  the  amount  of  the                                                            
     shortfall.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
This amendment  also stipulates  a lapse date  of June 30,  2006 for                                                            
the appropriations  made in Section  10(b)(1)-(13); a lapse  date of                                                            
June 30, 2007 for the appropriations  made in subsections (14)-(16);                                                            
a  lapse date  of  June 30,  2008  for the  appropriations  made  in                                                            
subsections  (17)-(26); and  a lapse date of  June 30, 2009  for the                                                            
appropriation  made in subsection  (27). The appropriations  made in                                                            
subsections (28)-(30) lapse under AS 37.25.020.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken  announced this amendment  would be NOT OFFERED,  as                                                            
it  is a  duplicate  of Amendment  #30,  which  was adopted  at  the                                                            
previous hearing.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
5:00:49 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Amendment #48:  This amendment inserts  a new subsection  to Section                                                            
10.  NATIONAL  PETROLEUM  RESERVE  - ALASKA  IMPACT  GRANT  PROGRAM;                                                            
INTENT., on page 92, following line 20 to read as follows.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
          (c) That portion of the amount appropriated by (B) of                                                                 
     this section  that is not subject  to a signed grant  agreement                                                            
     between  the Department  of  Commerce, Community  and  Economic                                                            
     Development  and an impacted  municipality by August  31, 2005,                                                            
     lapses  into the National  Petroleum  Reserve - Alaska  special                                                            
     revenue fund (AS 37.05.530) September 1, 2005.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Accompanying explanatory language reads as follows.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     Description:                                                                                                               
     This amendment is needed to allow lapsing into the NPR-A Fund                                                              
     for funds that do not have a signed grant agreement.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken moved for adoption.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green understood this to be a technical amendment.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Blaisdell  affirmed   and  explained  the  language   had  been                                                            
inadvertently omitted.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
There being no objection, Amendment #48 was ADOPTED.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
5:01:41 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Amendment  #49: This  amendment inserts  "and  construction" to  the                                                            
title  of  the  Lower   Kuskokwim  -  Kilbuck  Elementary   Deferred                                                            
Maintenance,  Bethel  (HD 38)  component  of the  Major Maintenance                                                             
Grant Fund  (AS 14.11.007)  BRU, Department  of Education and  Early                                                            
Development on  page 79, lines 22 through 24. The  amended component                                                            
title   is  "Lower   Kuskokwim   -   Kilbuck   Elementary   Deferred                                                            
Maintenance,  and Construction,  Bethel  (HD 38)".  The $24,251,565                                                             
general fund allocation remains unchanged.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Senator Hoffman moved for adoption.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green objected for an explanation.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Hoffman explained  this amendment  would provide the  Lower                                                            
Kuskokwim  School  District  the  option  to utilize  the  funds  to                                                            
construct a new school if deemed appropriate.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Wilken understood  that  the Department  of Education  and                                                            
Early  Development   must  first  review  new  school  construction                                                             
projects.  He asked  if this  facility  has undergone  the  approval                                                            
process.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Hoffman  responded  that  this project  has  completed  the                                                            
Department of Education and Early Development review.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Senator   Stedman  clarified   the   estimated   cost  of   deferred                                                            
maintenance needs for the school is $24 million.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Senator Hoffman affirmed.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green  requested Senator  Hoffman explain how the  estimate                                                            
was achieved.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Hoffman replied  that the Lower  Kuskokwim School  District                                                            
submitted  this amount  to  the Department  after  prioritizing  the                                                            
needs.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Stedman  asked  if  the  theory  is  that  demolishing  the                                                            
existing  school  and constructing  a  new  facility might  be  more                                                            
economical.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Senator Hoffman  affirmed that such  a determination could  be made.                                                            
                                                                                                                                
There being no objection, Amendment #49 was ADOPTED.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
5:03:36 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Amendment  #50: This  amendment adds  a new  Special Olympics  Games                                                            
component  to the  Grants to Named  Recipients  (AS 37.05.316)  BRU,                                                            
Department of  Commerce, Community and Economic Development  on page                                                            
3 line  30 and 31  and appropriates  $250,000  general funds  to the                                                            
component.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Senator Dyson moved for adoption.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Dyson  offered  a  motion   to amend   the  amendment.  The                                                            
amendment to  the amendment reduces  the general fund appropriation                                                             
to the Special Olympics Games from $250,000 to $125,000.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
The amendment  to the amendment also adds a new Arctic  Winter Games                                                            
component  to the Grants  to Named Recipients  BRU and appropriates                                                             
$125,000 general funds to that component.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
The  amendment  to the  amendment  also  adds  a new  2006  National                                                            
Veterans  Wheelchair   Games  component  to  the  Grants   to  Named                                                            
Recipients  BRU and  appropriates  $250,000  general  funds to  that                                                            
component.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
The  total  appropriation  to  the  amended  amendment  is  $500,000                                                            
general funds.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
The amendment was AMENDED without objection.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Without further  objection Amendment  #50, as amended, was  ADOPTED.                                                            
                                                                                                                                
5:04:51 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Amendment #51:  This amendment adds a new Fraternal  Order of Alaska                                                            
State  Troopers  (FOAST)  room  conversion   and facility   upgrades                                                            
component  to the  Grants  to Named  Recipients BRU,  Department  of                                                            
Commerce,  Community and Economic  Development  on page 3,  lines 30                                                            
and 31 and appropriates $12,000 general funds to the component.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken moved for adoption.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green objected.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green  asked if Members had  further objection and  hearing                                                            
none, declared Amendment #51 ADOPTED.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
5:05:17 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Amendment  #52: This  amendment  inserts a  new Fraternal  Order  of                                                            
Alaska   State  Troopers   (FOAST)   Photo/Video   Project   Program                                                            
Implementation  component  to the  Grants to  Named Recipients  BRU,                                                            
Department of  Commerce, Community and Economic Development  on page                                                            
3, lines 30 and 31 and  appropriates $50,000. The fund source is not                                                            
specified.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken moved for adoption.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Green objected  to the  motion and  ordered the  Amendment                                                            
TABLED.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
5:05:31 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Amendment  #53: This amendment  inserts  a new City  of Adak  - Adak                                                            
Arctic  Shuttle Pre-Feasibility  Study  component to  the Grants  to                                                            
Municipalities   (AS  37.05.315)   BRU,  Department   of   Commerce,                                                            
Community and  Economic Development  on page 8, lines 11  and 12 and                                                            
appropriates  $50,000  to  the component.  The  fund source  is  not                                                            
specified.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken moved for adoption.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green objected to the motion and TABLED the amendment.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
AT EASE: 5:05:48 PM / 5:06:17 PM                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Amendment  #54: This  amendment inserts  a new  Service High  School                                                            
PTSA  Scoreboard  Improvement  component  to  the  Grants  to  Named                                                            
Recipients  BRU,  Department  of Commerce,  Community  and  Economic                                                            
Development  on page 3 lines 30 and  31 and appropriates  $20,000 to                                                            
the component. The fund source is not specified.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken moved for adoption.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
There being no objection, Amendment #54 was ADOPTED.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
5:06:31 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Amendment  #55:  This  amendment   inserts  a  new  Municipality  of                                                            
Anchorage  - 74th Ave Pedestrian  Facilities  - Arctic Boulevard  to                                                            
Chad St. component  to the Grants to Municipalities  BRU, Department                                                            
of Commerce, Community  and Economic Development on page 8, lines 11                                                            
and 12 and appropriates  $250,000 to the component.  The fund source                                                            
is not specified.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken moved for adoption.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
There being no objection, Amendment #55 was ADOPTED.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
5:06:36 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Amendment   #56:  This   amendment   increases   the  general   fund                                                            
appropriation  to  the  Municipality  of Anchorage  -  Kincaid  Park                                                            
Summer  and Winter  Recreational  Improvements,  Fields, Paving  and                                                            
Equipment (HD 17-32) component  in the Grants to Municipalities BRU,                                                            
Department of Commerce,  Community and Economic Development, on page                                                            
23, lines 18 through 23 from $480,000 to $730,000.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken moved for adoption.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
There being no objection, Amendment #56 was ADOPTED.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green requested clarification of the project.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Blaisdell  explained  the improvements  would  be  made to  the                                                            
recreational facilities of Kincaid Park in Anchorage.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
5:07:01 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Amendment  #57: This  amendment  changes the  title of  the City  of                                                            
Sterling  - Sterling  Senior  Center  Kitchen Equipment  (HD  33-35)                                                            
component  in  the  Grants  to  Municipalities  BRU,  Department  of                                                            
Commerce, Community  and Economic  Development on page 12,  lines 23                                                            
through  25, to  read "Sterling  Senior  Citizens,  Inc. -  Sterling                                                            
Senior  Center  Kitchen  Equipment  (HD  33-35).  The  general  fund                                                            
appropriation to the component of $64,000 is reduced to $58,000.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
This  amendment  also  changes  the title  of  the  Kenai  Peninsula                                                            
Borough  - Kenai  Road  Improvements  (HD  33-35) component  in  the                                                            
Grants to Municipalities  BRU, Department of Commerce, Community and                                                            
Economic Development on  page 14, lines 25 through 27, to read "City                                                            
of Kenai  - Kenai Road  Improvements (HD  33-35)". The general  fund                                                            
appropriation remains unchanged.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
This amendment  also reduces the general  fund appropriation  to the                                                            
Kenai Peninsula  Borough - Nikiski  Elementary School Bicycle  Trail                                                            
(HD  33-35)   component  in  the   Grants  to  Municipalities   BRU,                                                            
Department of  Commerce, Community and Economic Development  on page                                                            
14, lines 31 - 33, from $154,400 to $137,000.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
This amendment  also reduces the general  fund appropriation  to the                                                            
Kenai Peninsula  Borough - Ninilchik  Pressure Reducing Station  (HD                                                            
33-35) component in the  Grants to Municipalities BRU, Department of                                                            
Commerce, Community  and Economic  Development on page 15,  lines 3,                                                            
through 5 from $225,000 to $210,000.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
This  amendment  also  changes  the title  of  the  Kenai  Peninsula                                                            
Borough - Ninilchik Pumper  Tanker Truck (HD 33-35) component in the                                                            
Grants to Municipalities  BRU, Department of Commerce, Community and                                                            
Economic  Development  on  page  15,  lines  6 through  8,  to  read                                                            
"Ninilchik Emergency Services,  Inc. - Ninilchik Pumper Tanker Truck                                                            
(HD 33-35)".  The  general fund  appropriation to  the component  is                                                            
reduced from $154,000 to $140,000.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
This  amendment  also  changes  the title  of  the  Kenai  Peninsula                                                            
Borough -  Soldotna Road  Improvements (HD  33-35) component  in the                                                            
Grants to Municipalities  BRU, Department of Commerce, Community and                                                            
Economic Development on  page 15, lines 16 through 18, to read "City                                                            
of Soldotna  - Soldotna Road Improvements  (HD 33-35)". The  general                                                            
fund appropriation remains unchanged.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken moved for adoption of the amendment.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Green characterized   this as  a "neutral"  amendment,  in                                                            
which some funding reductions are made.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
There being no objection, Amendment #57 was ADOPTED.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
5:07:40 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Amendment   #58:  This   amendment   increases   the  general   fund                                                            
appropriation  to the Matanuska-Susitna  Borough  - Academy  Charter                                                            
School/Administrative Building  Improvements (HD 13-16) component in                                                            
the Grants to Municipalities  BRU, Department of Commerce, Community                                                            
and  Economic Development  on  page  16, lines  7 through  10,  from                                                            
$20,000 to $35,000.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken moved for adoption.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Blaisdell explained this is a technical correction.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
There being no objection, Amendment #58 was ADOPTED.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
5:08:16 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Amendment #59:  This amendment inserts a new 2006  National Veterans                                                            
Wheelchair  Games component to the  Grants to Named Recipients  BRU,                                                            
Department of  Commerce, Community and Economic Development  on page                                                            
3, lines 30  and 31 and appropriates  $250,000 general funds  to the                                                            
component.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green announced  this amendment would be NOT OFFERED due to                                                            
action taken on Amendment #50.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
AT EASE 5:08:41 PM / 5:10:07 PM                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Amendment #60: This amendment  deletes the Denali Borough - Anderson                                                            
School/Septic  Leach Field Replacement (HD 7-11) component  from the                                                            
Grants to Municipalities  BRU, Department of Commerce, Community and                                                            
Economic  Development  on page  13,  lines 17  through  19, and  the                                                            
$77,800 general fund appropriation to that component.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
This amendment also inserts  a new World War 2 Memorial component to                                                            
an unspecified  BRU and department  and appropriates $35,200  to the                                                            
component. The fund source is not specified.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
This  amendment   also  deletes  the   Denali  Borough  -   Cantwell                                                            
School/Sprinkler   System  Fire  Upgrade  and  New  Well  (HD  7-11)                                                            
component  from the  Grants  to Municipalities  BRU,  Department  of                                                            
Commerce, Community  and Economic  Development on page 13,  lines 20                                                            
through  23, and the  $182,400  general fund  appropriation to  that                                                            
component.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
This amendment  also inserts a new  Ester Volunteer Fire  Department                                                            
component  to an  unspecified BRU  and department  and appropriates                                                             
$125,000 to the component. The fund source is not specified.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
This amendment  also inserts a new  Morris Thompson Cultural  Center                                                            
component  to an  unspecified BRU  and department  and appropriates                                                             
$100,000 to the component. The fund source is not specified.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
A notation on the amendment reads "net zero technical change".                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green announced this amendment would be NOT OFFERED..                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Amendment #61:  This amendment changes the title of  the City of San                                                            
Point - Purchase and Upgrade  of Old Reeve Aleutian Airways Building                                                            
(HD 37) component  in the Grants to  Municipalities BRU,  Department                                                            
of Commerce,  Community and Economic  Development on page  49, lines                                                            
29  through 32  to read,  "City  of Sand  Point -  Airport  Terminal                                                            
Project  (HD  37).   Accompanying  explanatory  language   reads  as                                                            
follows.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     Amendment  is  requested  by  the City  of  Sand Point  at  the                                                            
     recommendation  of Kip Knudson,  Deputy Director for  Aviation,                                                            
     DOT. Knudson advised  that the inclusion of the word "purchase"                                                            
     may  overly  limit the  use of  funds in  the  event the  Reeve                                                            
     building  is  not  totally  recoverable   for  renovation.  The                                                            
     requested  broader language  will give  the City of Sand  Point                                                            
     the flexibility to  build a new terminal if and when the actual                                                            
     condition of the Reeve building is determined.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green announced this amendment would be NOT OFFERED.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Amendment  #62: [Note:  The  amendment  specifies the  following  be                                                            
inserted "following  page 15, line  9, under Department of  Fish and                                                            
Game".  This page  of the committee  substitute  contains Grants  to                                                            
Municipalities  BRU components. Appropriations to  the Department of                                                            
Fish and Game  are contained on page 35, lines 11  through 32.] This                                                            
amendment inserts a new  Implementation of Intensive Management Laws                                                            
component and appropriates  $250,000 general funds to the component.                                                            
Accompanying explanatory language reads as follows.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     The  Board of  Game  has authorized  several  predator  control                                                            
     programs  in  an  effort  to  allow  major  depleted   ungulate                                                            
     populations  that have been limited  by predation to  increase.                                                            
     In  order   to  sustain  these  programs  long   enough  to  be                                                            
     effective,  and  in  recognition  of the  need  for  additional                                                            
     similar   programs  in  other  areas,  there   is  a  need  for                                                            
     biological  inventories and studies to gather  information upon                                                            
     which the  Board can base its decisions. This  information also                                                            
     represents  the basis  for defending  the  programs from  legal                                                            
     challenges.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     The  existing intensive  management programs  and requests  for                                                            
     similar  programs from other  parts of the state have  placed a                                                            
     major   financial   burden   on  the   Division   of   Wildlife                                                            
     Conservation  in  the Department  of  Fish and  Game.  Although                                                            
     funds have  been prioritized within the division  to cover many                                                            
     of  the  most  important  expenses   for  these  programs,  the                                                            
     biological  data gathering and  administrative costs  needed to                                                            
     support  these programs  has escalated  beyond the capacity  of                                                            
     the division to respond.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     This  CIP  [capital   improvement  project]  demonstrates   the                                                            
     legislature's  intent  that the  Intensive  Management laws  be                                                            
     implemented to the maximum extent possible.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken moved for adoption.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
5:10:48 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green overviewed the explanatory statement.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Senator Hoffman supported the amendment.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Wilken commented  that the  commissioner  had submitted  a                                                            
funding request  approximately one  month ago. However, the  plan he                                                            
proposed was unclear.  Upon the Committee's request,  the Department                                                            
resubmitted   a  plan  detailing   the   predator  control   program                                                            
specifically targeting wolf and bear.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
There being no objection, Amendment #62 was ADOPTED.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
AT EASE 5:12:10 PM / 5:13:10 PM                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Amended  Amendment  #9: This  amendment inserts  a  new Bristol  Bay                                                            
Borough  Community  Mapping  Project  component  to  the  Grants  to                                                            
Municipalities  (AS 37.05.315)  BRU of the  Department of  Commerce,                                                            
Community and Economic  Development on page 8, lines 11 and 12. This                                                            
amendment   also  appropriates   $150,000   general  funds   to  the                                                            
component.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
This amendment also increases  the general fund appropriation to the                                                            
Department of  Commerce, Community and Economic Development,  Grants                                                            
to  Municipalities  (AS 37.05.315)  BRU,  City  of Unalaska  -  Boat                                                            
Harbor (HD  37) component on page  13 lines 3 and 4 from  $2 million                                                            
to $4 million.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
This amendment also adds  a new Togiak/Twin Hills Bridge Feasibility                                                            
Study  component  to the  Department  of Transportation  and  Public                                                            
Facilities   and  appropriates   $150,000   general  funds   to  the                                                            
component.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
This amendment  also increases  the general  fund allocation  to the                                                            
Department of  Education and Early Development, School  Construction                                                            
Grant  Fund  (AS  14.11.005)  BRU,  Dillingham  Middle/High   School                                                            
construction  and  renovation  - Dillingham   City Schools  (HD  38)                                                            
component on page 83 lines  14 - 17 from $7 million to $9.5 million.                                                            
                                                                                                                                
The  amendment to  the  amendment  also adds  a new  Aleutians  East                                                            
Borough  - Cold  Bay Airport  Terminal  component to  the Grants  to                                                            
Municipalities   (AS  37.05.315)   BRU,  Department   of   Commerce,                                                            
Community  and  Economic   Development  and  appropriates   $500,000                                                            
general funds to the component.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Green announced  that Amendment  #9 was  again before  the                                                            
Committee.  This amendment was amended  and adopted at the  previous                                                            
hearing.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Blaisdell  reminded  that this  amendment had  been amended  and                                                            
outlined the changes.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Blaisdell  indicated the  amendment to  the amendment to  remove                                                            
from the amendment, the  Cold Bay access Improvements component from                                                            
the   Surface    Transportation    Improvements,    Department    of                                                            
Transportation  and Public Facilities, on page 58,  lines 30 and 31,                                                            
and the increased  general fund appropriation  to the component  was                                                            
in error.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Blaisdell  stated  that the  amendment to  the amendment  should                                                            
have  provided that  the component  remain  in the bill  and the  $2                                                            
million appropriation  contained in the committee  substitute remain                                                            
unchanged.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
5:15:08 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson  asked if the airport  terminal project is  located at                                                            
Cold Bay or Sand Point.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Blaisdell responded  the  appropriation  would be  made to  the                                                            
Aleutians East Borough not to Sand Point.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Green  clarified  the  grant  would  be  provided  to  the                                                            
Aleutians East Borough and is comprised of general funds.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
[Note: No  motions were offered  and no formal  action was  taken on                                                            
the amendment. The Committee's intent was not specified.]                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
AT EASE 5:16:03 PM / 5:35:19 PM                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Amendment  #63:  This  amendment  inserts  a  new  bill  section  to                                                            
appropriate  $985,000 general  funds to the  Department of  Fish and                                                            
Game  for Chitna  Personal  Dip Net  Fishery (HD  99). Accompanying                                                             
explanatory language reads as follows.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     This amendment  funds dumpsters,  transporter vehicle  to carry                                                            
     dumpsters  to the landfill, portable  outhouses, service  truck                                                            
     to service outhouses  and concession building all to be located                                                            
     at  Chitna for  the services  of the  Chitna  personal dip  net                                                            
     fishery. Also includes signage and access design.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken moved for adoption.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green objected.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken  corrected the amendment to appropriate  the funding                                                            
to the Department  of Natural Resources  rather than the  Department                                                            
of Fish and Game.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Wilken explained  the need  for facilities  at the  Chitna                                                            
River  to provide  access. This  funding  request is  the result  of                                                            
months  of   consideration  and  negotiation   between  the   Native                                                            
corporation  landowner and  the Department  of Natural Resources.  A                                                            
survey would be conducted to establish future claims.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Senator Stedman  clarified this request is for "start-up  money" and                                                            
to develop a plan for future operations.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Wilken understood  this  is a capital  appropriation.  The                                                            
intent is that  user fees collected  from fishers would support  the                                                            
program in the future.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR RALPH  SEEKINS elaborated about the personal  use fishery at                                                            
Chitna, which  he is very familiar  with. A dip net fishery  plan to                                                            
mitigate the impact  of the fishery on the local community  has been                                                            
anticipated.  Approximately  20,000 personal use dip net permits are                                                            
sold for this  fishery every year. Administration  of the mitigation                                                            
program  would  be  similar  to that  utilized  for  a  State  park.                                                            
Participants  would be required to  utilize the facilities  provided                                                            
and minimize  impact. Previously,  facilities such as dumpsters  and                                                            
portable toilets were not  available, which resulted in an unhealthy                                                            
and unsightly  situation.  This funding  request  is to address  the                                                            
first stage  of the need and is supported  by Department  of Natural                                                            
Resources Commissioner Tom Irwin and Governor Murkowski.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
5:41:11 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green thanked  Senator Seekins for proposing the amendment.                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green  ordered the amendment  HELD in Committee.  She noted                                                            
that all State  parks are in need of funds and should  be addressed.                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Seekins emphasized  the significant  impact  of the  20,000                                                            
participants to the area.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green ordered the bill HELD in Committee.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
5:42:44 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                

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