Legislature(2005 - 2006)

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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  been   heard  previously  in  the  Senate   Finance                                                            
Committee.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Amendments   are  considered   to   the  working   draft   committee                                                            
substitute, Version 24-GS1074\Y, unless otherwise noted.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Amendment   #64:  This   amendment   increases   the  general   fund                                                            
appropriation  made in subsection  (B) of Section 32. DEPARTMENT  OF                                                            
TRANSPORTATION  AND PUBLIC  FACILITIES., on  page 102, lines  16 and                                                            
17, to the Department for  emergency and nonroutine maintenance from                                                            
$743,400 to $1,631,400.  Accompanying explanatory  language reads as                                                            
follows.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     This increase is needed in the FY 05 Supplemental for                                                                      
     emergency and non routine maintenance and is allocated for the                                                             
     following:                                                                                                                 
     $486,000 Susitna River Road, Trapper Creek                                                                                 
     $402,000 M.P. 13 Tok Cutoff                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken moved for adoption.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
GINGER  BLAISDELL, Staff  to Co-Chair  Green,  stated the  increased                                                            
funding  would  be  utilized  to  address  some  emergency  projects                                                            
revealed in the last few weeks.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green told of  "gaping holes" in roads near Tok and Trapper                                                            
Creek. The  Department would have  made these repairs and  requested                                                            
supplemental funding  for the costs if the legislature  had not been                                                            
in session. Because  this bill is still under consideration,  it was                                                            
deemed appropriate to include funding in its appropriation.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
There being no objection, Amendment #64 was ADOPTED.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
7:14:24 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Amendment  #65: This  amendment  deletes  reduces the  general  fund                                                            
appropriation  to the UAF  - Biological  and Computational  Sciences                                                            
Facility (HD [house  district] 7-11) component of  the University of                                                            
Alaska on  page 89, lines  14 through 16 from  $32 million  to $24.2                                                            
million.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken moved for adoption.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Blaisdell  clarified the amendment reduces the  appropriation by                                                            
$7.8 million.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
There being no objection, Amendment #65 was ADOPTED.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Amendment  #66: This amendment  increases  the appropriation  to the                                                            
Fairbanks  Virology Laboratory  Replacement  (HD 1-40) component  of                                                            
the Department  of Health  and Social Services  on page 88  lines 21                                                            
through  23  from  $4.8 million  to  $24.2  million.  The  amendment                                                            
indicates the  funding source as Certificates of Participation  fund                                                            
code 1163. Accompanying explanatory language reads as follows.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
     This project is the  Department's number 1 priority. The amount                                                            
     of  $4,800,000  is  not  sufficient  to construct  a  lab.  The                                                            
     original  requested amount of $24,200,000 needs  to be restored                                                            
     to the bill.  Funds would be used for the design,  construction                                                            
     and  equipping  of a  new virology  laboratory  located on  the                                                            
     University  of  Alaska Fairbanks  campus.  Virology  laboratory                                                            
     functions  are a vital  component of public  health. This  is a                                                            
     service  that the state simply  cannot afford to live  without.                                                            
     The existing  virology lab is  old, undersized, and  unsafe. An                                                            
     independent  report refers to  the lab as "an accident  waiting                                                            
     to happen".                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken moved for adoption.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Blaisdell outlined the explanatory statement.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Green  understood  the Committee  would  receive  separate                                                            
legislation for  consideration that would provide  for this project.                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Blaisdell affirmed.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
7:15:57 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator Stedman requested clarification.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Blaisdell explained  that  this  amendment would  increase  the                                                            
appropriation the amount  requested in the Governor's proposed FY 06                                                            
capital budget, and change  the funding source from general funds as                                                            
originally proposed.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Senator Stedman  asked if this appropriation  is in addition  to the                                                            
$4.2 million appropriated for a separate science facility.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Blaisdell replied  that  the total  appropriation  for the  two                                                            
projects  would be $48.4  million.  The funding  source of the  $4.2                                                            
million appropriation is general funds.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green  informed of separate legislation to  provide for the                                                            
construction  of a  virology laboratory  utilizing  certificates  of                                                            
participation.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Stedman   requested  further   information  regarding   the                                                            
certificates of participation funding source at a later time.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator Hoffman  questioned the reference to the project  as located                                                            
in house districts  1 through 40, although the next  project listed,                                                            
the Anchorage  Integrated Science  Facility, is classified  as house                                                            
districts 17 through 32.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green replied  that the virology facility would be operated                                                            
by  the Department  of  Health  and  Social Services  and  would  be                                                            
utilized for all house districts.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Hoffman asked  if the  virology facility  project would  be                                                            
calculated   in  the  total   appropriations   for  each   district,                                                            
specifically   for  the  Fairbanks  area  districts.   He  suggested                                                            
uniformity in comparison to other projects.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Green   responded  that   further  information   would  be                                                            
forthcoming.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
7:20:48 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Green presumed  the determination  was  made based on  the                                                            
function  of the building.  The proposed  virology laboratory  would                                                            
function  statewide versus  the University  science facility,  which                                                            
would serve the University of Alaska Anchorage primarily.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
7:21:20 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHERYL FRASCA, Director,  Office of Management and Budget, Office of                                                            
the  Governor,  suggested  that to  clarify  that the  project  were                                                            
"statewide in nature" "Fairbanks"  could be deleted from the project                                                            
title. The facility  would be intended to service  the entire state.                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green  stated that the amendment could be  amended later if                                                            
deemed necessary.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green announced that Amendment #66 was ADOPTED.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
7:22:19 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Amendment #67:  This amendment changes the name of  the Willow Creek                                                            
State Recreation Area -  Shallow Water Boat Launch and Winter Access                                                            
Trailhead  at Mile 49.7 (HD  13-16) component  of the Department  of                                                            
Natural Resources  on page 42, line 30 through page  43, line 3. The                                                            
amended  component  reads, "Willow  Creek  State Recreation  Area  -                                                            
Phase II:  Parking lot at  crude shallow water  boat launch  site at                                                            
Mile 49.7."                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken moved for adoption.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Green  stated  this amendment  was  requested  by  Senator                                                            
Charlie Huggins.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
There was no objection and the amendment was ADOPTED.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
7:22:49 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Amendment  #68: This  amendment  deletes  the Fairbanks  North  Star                                                            
Borough - Chena  River State Recreation  Area / Extend Fire  Control                                                            
Line (HD 7-11) component  and $184,000 general fund appropriation to                                                            
the component from the  Grants to Municipalities (AS 37.05.315) BRU,                                                            
Department of  Commerce, Community and Economic Development  on page                                                            
14, lines 4 through 7.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
This amendment also inserts  a new Chena River State Recreation Area                                                            
/ Extend Fire Control Line  (HD 7-11) component to the Department of                                                            
Natural  Resources on  page 39,  line 13 and  appropriates  $184,000                                                            
general funds to the component.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Accompanying explanatory language reads as follows.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     This amendment  transfers the funding from the  Fairbanks North                                                            
     Star  Borough to the  Department of  Natural Resources,  as the                                                            
     Chena River State Recreation Area is a state park.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken moved for adoption.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green overviewed the explanatory statement.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
There being no objection, Amendment #67 was ADOPTED.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Amendment #69: This amendment reads as follows.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     1. Amendment  #5 and #13 created a slight imbalance:  Amendment                                                            
     #13 should  change the amount  for the Alaska Siberia  Research                                                            
     Center  to  $100,200  rather  than  $105,200.  This  correction                                                            
     creates the "net zero" reallocation of projects.                                                                           
     2. Point  of clarification only: Amendment #30  does not reduce                                                            
     the total amount of  the NPR-A impact grant program anticipated                                                            
     receipts  it  clarifies  the anticipated  distribution  of  the                                                            
     grants  to affected communities.  The difference of  the amount                                                            
     of  grant awards  compared  to the  amount of  the anticipated                                                             
     receipts  is the amount that  is distributed by statute  to the                                                            
     Public Education Fund and the Power Cost Equalization fund.                                                                
     3.  Point  of clarification   only: Amendment  #33  Sport  Fish                                                            
     Hatcheries  projects are contingent on the sale  of the Revenue                                                            
     Bonds.  The projects are  funded in the  amount of the  revenue                                                            
     bonds.                                                                                                                     
     4. Amendment #35 and  #36: add the following intent: "It is the                                                            
     intent   of   the   Legislature    that   the   Department   of                                                            
     Administration,  Commissioner's  Office distribute the  general                                                            
     fund appropriation  of $4,350,000 across appropriation lines to                                                            
     other  state agencies  to assist  with the  statewide  services                                                            
     chargeback   obligations."  And  "It  is  the   intent  of  the                                                            
     Legislature  that all state agencies  will reimburse  the funds                                                            
     as  required  by the  Statewide  Federal Cost  Allocation  Plan                                                            
     chargeback  to the level that  the funds have been capitalized                                                             
     for future statewide services needs."                                                                                      
     5. Amendment  #37 technical correction: Near  the bottom of the                                                            
     amendment, where the  Sec__ EFFECTIVE DATE (a) Section XX(a) is                                                            
     effective July 1,  2005 - the second (a) should have referenced                                                            
     "(c)".                                                                                                                     
     6. Point  of clarification only:  Amendment #38 Marine  highway                                                            
     fuel  increase is appropriated  directly  to the Department  of                                                            
     Transportation and  Public Facilities, Marine Vessel Operations                                                            
     and not into the marine highway system fund.                                                                               
     7.  Point  of clarification  only:  Amendment  #39  - the  last                                                            
     allocation  list should be $1,000,000  to the Cold Bay  Airport                                                            
     Terminal Redevelopment (not Sand Point).                                                                                   
     8. Clarification to  the amended amendment #50 that the project                                                            
     title  for  $125,000  is  for the  "Arctic  Winter  Games  Team                                                            
     Alaska"                                                                                                                    
     9. Amendment  #55 states "Municipality of Anchorage  - 74th Ave                                                            
     Pedestrian  Facilities  -  Arctic Boulevard  to  Chad St."  and                                                            
     should state 76th Aveā€¦                                                                                                     
     10.  Amendments  #52 through  #56  were  reallocating  priority                                                            
     projects  that  were  originally  identified  under  Grants  to                                                            
     Municipalities  Page  24,  lines 13-15.  With  the addition  of                                                            
      amendments #52 - #56, Page 24, lines 13-15 are deleted.                                                                   
     11. Page 121, Sec 56(b), line 9                                                                                            
     Delete: $2,723,800                                                                                                         
     Insert: $2,723,000 (corrects a mathematical error)                                                                         
     12.  One section was  mission from  Section 61. CONSTITUTIONAL                                                             
     BUDGET  RESERVE  FUND. This  section  is required  so that  the                                                            
     Department of Revenue  can balance the State's cash flow at the                                                            
     fiscal year end.                                                                                                           
     Add:  (c) Unrestricted  interest  earned on  investment of  the                                                            
     general  fund  balances for  the fiscal  year  ending June  30,                                                            
     2006,  is appropriated  to the  budget reserve  fund (art.  IX,                                                            
     sec.   17,  Constitution   of   the  State   of  Alaska).   The                                                            
     appropriation   made   by  this  subsection   is  intended   to                                                            
     compensate   the  budget  reserve  fund  (art.   IX,  sec.  17,                                                            
     Constitution  of the  State of  Alaska) for  any lost  earnings                                                            
     caused  by use of the fund's  balance to permit expenditure  of                                                            
     operating and capital  appropriations in the fiscal year ending                                                            
     June  30,  2006,  in anticipation   of receiving  unrestricted                                                             
     general   fund  revenue.  The   amount  appropriated   by  this                                                            
     subsection may not  exceed an amount equal to the earnings lost                                                            
     by the  budget reserve fund as  the result of the use  of money                                                            
     from  the  budget   reserve  fund  to  permit  expenditure   of                                                            
     operating and capital  appropriations in the fiscal year ending                                                            
     June  30,  2006,  in anticipation   of receiving  unrestricted                                                             
     general fund revenue.                                                                                                      
     13. Page 123, Sec 61(c), line 16                                                                                           
     Delete: $25,000                                                                                                            
     Insert: $167,000                                                                                                           
     14. Section 65. EFFECTIVE DATE.                                                                                            
     (a) include "Sections 4 and 5"                                                                                             
     (c) "Sections 1-5" is changed to "Sections 1-3"                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken moved for adoption.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Blaisdell  stated this amendment  corrects errors in  amendments                                                            
previously  adopted by the Committee.  She read the language  of the                                                            
amendment into the record.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Blaisdell noted item #7 should read as follows.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     7.  Point  of clarification  only:  Amendment  #39  - the  last                                                            
     allocation listed should be $1,000,000 to Sand Point.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
7:26:36 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson requested clarification of item #7.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Blaisdell  explained the  allocation of  funds would be  made to                                                            
Sand Point.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
7:27:32 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Blaisdell continued  reading  the  language of  the  amendments                                                            
language.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Without objection, Amendment  #69 was ADOPTED. [No formal action was                                                            
taken on the  proposed amendment to  the amendment. The Committee's                                                             
intent is assumed that the amendment was amended.]                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
7:30:33 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Amendment  #70: This amendment  deletes the  language of Section  6.                                                            
DEPARTMENT  OF TRANSPORTATION  AND PUBLIC  FACILITIES., on  page 91,                                                            
lines  1 through  16  and inserts  a  new bill  section  to read  as                                                            
follows.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
          Sec. 6. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND PUBLIC                                                                       
     FACILITIES.  Subject  to  Sec.  62  of  this Act,  the  sum  of                                                            
     $62,000,000  is  appropriated from  the Alaska  capital  income                                                            
     fund to the Department  of Transportation and Public Facilities                                                            
     for the  following projects in  the amounts stated,  subject to                                                            
      reallocation among the projects under AS 37.07.080(e):                                                                    
                                                               AMOUNT                                                           
                                               From the General Fund                                                            
                                                                                                                                
          McCarthy Road, major maintenance                  $2,000,000                                                          
          Denali  Borough, Stampede  Road Improvements       5,000,000                                                          
                Chena overflow bridge for gas pipeline                                                                          
          DeLong Mountaion, port expansion EIS               2,000,000                                                          
                Completion                                                                                                      
          North Slope, Foothills West Road EIS               4,000,000                                                          
          North Slope, Bullen Point EIS                      5,000,000                                                          
          Dalton Highway, surfacing upgrades                 9,000,000                                                          
          Dalton Highway, Washington Creek Bridge            3,500,000                                                          
          Richardson  Highway, highway  passing lanes        7,500,000                                                          
                Mile Post 265-341                                                                                               
          Richardson Highway, Shaw Creek Bridge              2,500,000                                                          
          Kenai Peninsula: Kalifornsky Beach Road           11,000,000                                                          
                Rehabilitation                                                                                                  
          Industrial Roads                                   7,000,000                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Accompanying explanatory language reads as follows.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     Note: all of the above road projects are classified as                                                                     
     "Resource Development Projects" and are using revenues from                                                                
     the interest earnings of the AMHESS settlement.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken moved for adoption.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Wilken then  offered a motion  to amend  the amendment  to                                                            
reduce the  allocation to Industrial  Roads from $7 million  to $3.5                                                            
million  and insert  a new  Wickersham  Street Upgrade  -  Fairbanks                                                            
project and allocate $3.5 million to that project.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green  clarified the amendment to the amendment  would have                                                            
a net zero impact on the provisions of the amendment.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Hoffman asked  the  location of  the industrial  roads  and                                                            
which of those  industrial road projects would be  eliminated by the                                                            
amendment of the amendment.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
7:32:19 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Blaisdell replied  that  most  of the  roads were  included  as                                                            
projects  in the  Governor's  proposed  FY  06 capital  budget.  She                                                            
detailed the location of each road listed in the amendment.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken  and Ms. Blaisdell  established the location  of the                                                            
roads.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green  clarified that Senator  Hoffman was inquiring  about                                                            
the industrial roads.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Blaisdell explained  that the classification of industrial roads                                                            
is  discretionary  by  the  Department  and  are  "high  use  roads"                                                            
utilized by heavy equipment.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
7:34:50 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green  announced that the Committee amended  Amendment #70,                                                            
as  proposed  by  Co-Chair  Wilken.  She  requested  the  Department                                                            
respond to Senator Hoffman's question.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
JOHN  MACKINNON,   Deputy  Commissioner   of  Highways  and   Public                                                            
Facilities, Department  of Transportation and Public Facilities, was                                                            
unable  to immediately  state which  projects  would be eliminated.                                                             
Some of the funds proposed  for this item are intended for "projects                                                            
of  opportunity  that  come  along". The  reduced  amount  would  be                                                            
adequate.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Senator Hoffman  requested identification of some  industrial roads.                                                            
                                                                                                                                
7:36:19 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Mr. MacKinnon told of a  suspended project on the Culver River Road,                                                            
efforts undergoing  on the "Pebble Copper" including  reconnaissance                                                            
engineering,  preliminary   environmental  impact  statement   (EIS)                                                            
activities and coordination work with Northern Dynasty.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Stedman clarified  the allocation  to the industrial  roads                                                            
item is  a discretionary  fund for use projects  intended to  expand                                                            
resource development.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Mr. MacKinnon affirmed the characterization.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green announced that Amendment #70 was ADOPTED.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Blaisdell stated that  although the amendment stipulates general                                                            
funds as the  funding source, the  appropriation would be  made from                                                            
interest  earnings  from  the  commonly  referred  to  Amerada  Hess                                                            
account of the Alaska Permanent Fund.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Senator Hoffman called  a point of order in that no action was taken                                                            
on the motion to amend the amendment.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken moved for adoption of Amendment #70 as AMENDED.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Without objection the amended amendment was ADOPTED.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
7:37:45 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Amendment #71: This amendment reads as follows.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     The following projects are appropriated under a new program                                                                
     classification called "Congestion Mitigation and Safety                                                                    
     Initiative"                                                                                                                
          Technical Change:                                                                                                     
          Assign  this program classification to the projects listed                                                            
          on page 47, lines 7-19                                                                                                
          Add    the   following    projects    to   this    project                                                            
          classification:                                                                                                       
                                                               AMOUNT                                                           
                                                From the General Fund                                                           
          Dowling Road East                                $19,000,000                                                          
          *Fairbanks, Wilbur Street Extension                1,000,000                                                          
          *Fairbanks, 2nd Avenue, Moore Street               2,500,000                                                          
                Realignment and New Airport Way Intersection                                                                    
          Glenn Highway Corridor                            30,500,000                                                          
          Tudor Bragaw Intersection                          7,000,000                                                          
     *The two Fairbanks projects reflect the passage of Amendment                                                               
     #29 and are not intended to duplicate funding for these                                                                    
     projects.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken moved for adoption.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green announced this amendment would be NOT OFFERED to                                                                 
defer to Amendment #71A.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Amendment #71A: This amendment reads as follows.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     The following projects are appropriated under a new program                                                                
     classification called "Congestion Mitigation and Safety                                                                    
     Initiative"                                                                                                                
          Technical Change:                                                                                                     
          Assign  this program classification to the projects listed                                                            
          on page 47, lines 7-19                                                                                                
          Add    the   following    projects    to   this    project                                                            
          classification:                                                                                                       
                                                               AMOUNT                                                           
                                                From the General Fund                                                           
          Dowling Road East                                $19,000,000                                                          
          *Fairbanks, Wilbur Street Extension                1,000,000                                                          
          *Fairbanks, 2nd Avenue, Moore Street               2,500,000                                                          
                Realignment and New Airport Way Intersection                                                                    
          Glenn Highway Corridor                            30,500,000                                                          
          Tudor Bragaw Intersection                          7,000,000                                                          
          Prince  of Wales: Hollis  to Klawock Pavement      5,000,000                                                          
          Sitka: Rocky Guitierrez Airport Access             3,500,000                                                          
                Improvements                                                                                                    
          Fairbanks: Gaffney Road Upgrade                    6,250,000                                                          
          Fairbanks: Cartright Road Extension                3,650,000                                                          
          Nome: City Streets, Phase 2                        5,000,000                                                          
          Juneau: Glacier Highway Road Extension             5,000,000                                                          
          Kodiak: Rezanof Drive Rehabilitation               4,300,000                                                          
                Lighting and Intersection Safety Improvements                                                                   
     *The two Fairbanks projects reflect the passage of Amendment                                                               
     #29 and are not intended to duplicate funding for these                                                                    
     projects.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green,  sponsor of the amendment, amended  the amendment to                                                            
reduce the appropriation  to the Kodiak project from $4.3 million to                                                            
$1 million and  insert a new Otmeloi Way Rehabilitation  project and                                                            
$3.3 million appropriation to that project.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken moved for adoption of the amendment as AMENDED.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
7:39:09 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Hoffman asked whether  the Governor  requested funding  for                                                            
all  the listed  projects  or  whether  some  were included  at  the                                                            
request of the House of Representatives.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
7:39:21 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Blaisdell listed  the  Dowling Road,  Glenn  Highway and  Tudor                                                            
Bragaw projects  as included in the  Governor's budget request.  The                                                            
two projects marked with  an asterisk had been amended by an earlier                                                            
amendment.  The   remaining  projects  included  in   the  unamended                                                            
amendment  were proposed  by the  House of Representatives  and  the                                                            
amendment  to the amendment  reflects intent  of the Senate  Finance                                                            
Committee.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Wilken  pointed  out  that all  the  projects  located  in                                                            
Fairbanks   are  included   in  the  Fairbanks   Metropolitan   Area                                                            
Transportation System (FMATS) "allocation for Fairbanks".                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green restated the amendment to the amendment.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green  asked if there was any objection to  Amendment #71A,                                                            
as amended.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
AT EASE 7:41:28 PM / 7:43:01 PM                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green  directed attention  to Amendment #70 as amended  and                                                            
announced  a "point  of clarification"  that  the Wickersham  Street                                                            
Upgrade  -   Fairbanks  project  and   corresponding  $3.5   million                                                            
appropriation  should be  deleted from that  amendment and  inserted                                                            
into the language of Amendment #71A.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Blaisdell informed  that such changes would reduce the amount of                                                            
the appropriation  from  the interest  earnings of  the fund  source                                                            
commonly  referred to  as Amerada  Hess  from $62  million to  $58.5                                                            
million.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Hoffman asked  the total  appropriation  made by  Amendment                                                            
#71A.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Blaisdell listed the amount as $95.2 million.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
AT EASE 7:45:20 PM / 7:45:58 PM                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Wilken offered  a motion  to rescind action  taken  in the                                                            
adoption Amendment #70 as amended.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Without objection  the action adopting the amendment  was RESCINDED.                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Wilken  offered  a  motion  to  amend  Amendment  #70,  as                                                            
amended,  to  reflect  the  reduction  of  the total  appropriation                                                             
amount. The amended amendment as amended reads as follows.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
          Sec. 6. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND PUBLIC                                                                       
     FACILITIES.  Subject  to  Sec.  62  of  this Act,  the  sum  of                                                            
     $58,500,000  is  appropriated from  the Alaska  capital  income                                                            
     fund to the Department  of Transportation and Public Facilities                                                            
     for the  following projects in  the amounts stated,  subject to                                                            
      reallocation among the projects under AS 37.07.080(e):                                                                    
                                                               AMOUNT                                                           
                                               From the General Fund                                                            
                                                                                                                                
          McCarthy Road, major maintenance                  $2,000,000                                                          
          Denali  Borough, Stampede  Road Improvements       5,000,000                                                          
                Chena overflow bridge for gas pipeline                                                                          
          DeLong Mountaion, port expansion EIS               2,000,000                                                          
                Completion                                                                                                      
          North Slope, Foothills West Road EIS               4,000,000                                                          
          North Slope, Bullen Point EIS                      5,000,000                                                          
          Dalton Highway, surfacing upgrades                 9,000,000                                                          
          Dalton Highway, Washington Creek Bridge            3,500,000                                                          
          Richardson Highway, highway passing lanes          7,500,000                                                          
                Mile Post 265-341                                                                                               
          Richardson Highway, Shaw Creek Bridge              2,500,000                                                          
          Kenai Peninsula: Kalifornsky Beach Road           11,000,000                                                          
                Rehabilitation                                                                                                  
          Industrial Roads                                   3,500,000                                                          
                                                                                                                                
7:47:08 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator Hoffman understood  the interest earnings of that account is                                                            
approximately  $30 million annually and asked if the  undertaking of                                                            
the projects would therefore be made over three fiscal years.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Blaisdell affirmed.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Senator Hoffman asked which projects would be constructed first.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Mr.  MacKinnon  replied that  a  schedule  was yet  to  be made.  He                                                            
predicted the upgrades  to the Dalton Highway would begin as soon as                                                            
possible.  The majority  of the  projects  would be  started in  the                                                            
summer of 2006.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
7:48:20 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Hoffman remarked  that  the funds  would  not be  available                                                            
until  three fiscal  years had  lapsed.  The projects  could not  be                                                            
undertaken without funding.  He asked the timeframe of the projects.                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Mr. MacKinnon  indicated  that construction  would  be scheduled  to                                                            
"meet the cash flow."                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Hoffman  again asked  the prioritization   of the  proposed                                                            
projects.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Mr. MacKinnon  listed  the Foothills  West Road  EIS and the  Bullen                                                            
Point  EIS as  priorities.  The Department  would  consult with  the                                                            
Murkowski Administration to determine further prioritization.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Green  announced  that Amendment  #71A,  as  amended,  was                                                            
AMENDED.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
[Note:  It  is assumed  that  the  Committee's  intent is  that  the                                                            
amendment to  the amendment is the  aforementioned insertion  of the                                                            
Wickersham  Street  Upgrade -  Fairbanks  project and  $3.5  million                                                            
general  fund appropriation.  It  is  assumed that  the Committee's                                                             
intent was that Amendment #71A, as twice amended, was ADOPTED.]                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
[Note: It is assumed that  the Committee's intent is that the motion                                                            
to  AMEND  Amendment  #70, as  amended,  was  incorporated.  It  was                                                            
assumed that the Committee's  intent is that Amendment #70, as twice                                                            
amended, was ADOPTED.]                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Amendment   #72:  This  amendment   increases  the  amount   of  the                                                            
appropriation  made in subsection  (a) of Section 28. DEPARTMENT  OF                                                            
NATURAL   RESOURCES.,  on   page  101,  lines   6  through   8  from                                                            
$36,902,700. The amended language reads as follows.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
          (a) The sum of $43,350,400 is appropriated from the                                                                   
     general  fund  to the  Department  of Natural  Resources,  fire                                                            
     suppression  activity, for operating costs for  the fiscal year                                                            
     ending June 30, 2005.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken moved for adoption.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
The amendment was ADOPTED without objection.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Amendment   #73:  This   amendment   increases   the  general   fund                                                            
appropriation to the Aircraft  and Vessel Repair and Maintenance (HD                                                            
1-40)  component of  the Department  of  Public Safety  on page  43,                                                            
lines 10  and 11  from $1.2 million  to $1.8  million. Accompanying                                                             
explanatory language reads as follows.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     This  amendment  restores  partial  funding  requested  in  the                                                            
     Governor's  capital budget. This  project allow the  department                                                            
     to overhaul  and repair department aircraft airframes,  landing                                                            
     gear and  engines to ensure that  aircraft are airworthy,  safe                                                            
     and dependable.  This is necessary  so that the department  can                                                            
     carry  out its public safety,  law enforcement, and  search and                                                            
     rescue responsibilities.  This project also allows  for some of                                                            
     the needed repairs,  conversions, servicing and maintenance for                                                            
     the  larger patrol vessels  as well as  the smaller vessels  to                                                            
     ensure  their safe and dependable  operations during  FY 06 and                                                            
     beyond. Vessels  are used for commercial fisheries  enforcement                                                            
     and other trooper  duties including search and rescue missions.                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     Without  adequate  funding  for  repair  and  maintenance,  the                                                            
     department  likely will  not be able  to maintain all  aircraft                                                            
     and  vessels at an appropriate  level,  and would have  to take                                                            
     some  of these out  of serve. This  will significantly  curtail                                                            
     the department's  enforcement, search and rescue,  and incident                                                            
     response capabilities.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken moved for adoption.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Blaisdell overviewed the explanatory statement.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
7:50:54 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson understood  Ms. Blaisdell to suggest that overhauls to                                                            
airplane engines  at a cost of $600,000  would be undertaken  in one                                                            
year.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
7:51:38 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DAN  SPENCER,   Director,  Division   of  Administrative   Services,                                                            
Department  of Public  Safety, testified  that  the entire  $600,000                                                            
would not be utilized  to fund aircraft-related projects.  He listed                                                            
airframe  overhauls of amphibian  vessels,  engine overhauls,  other                                                            
modifications,  as well as funding set aside for emergency  repairs.                                                            
                                                                                                                                
There being no objection, Amendment #73 was ADOPTED.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Amendment  #74: This amendment  increases  the appropriation  to the                                                            
manufacturing  extension program made  in subsection (a)  of Section                                                            
14. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE,  COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT., on                                                            
page 93, line 30 through  page 94, line 4, from $1.2 million to $1.5                                                            
million  and  designates  the  funding   source  of  the  additional                                                            
$400,000 as  Business License & Corporation  Filing Fees  and Taxes.                                                            
Accompanying explanatory language reads as follows.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     Description:  This  amendment  will  provide full  funding  for                                                            
     Alaska participation  in the National Manufacturer's  Extension                                                            
     Program (MEP). The  national program aims to give a competitive                                                            
     edge to small  businesses through overcoming  known barriers to                                                            
     success  for small  manufacturers  including  limited  budgets,                                                            
     lack of  in-house expertise,  and lack of access to  the newest                                                            
     technologies.  The  national  program  has assisted  more  than                                                            
     149,000 firms  through over 400 MEP centers whose  sole purpose                                                            
     is  to  assist  small  manufacturers  in process  improvement,                                                             
     application  of technology and business practices.  Communities                                                            
     are anxious  to participate in this program because  a "virtual                                                            
     store" is  a viable way to expose their products  to market and                                                            
     raise the  local economy. This program opens  those communities                                                            
     to a nationwide  network of expertise  in how to improve  their                                                            
     product,  the  delivery   of  their  product  and  their  other                                                            
     business  practices. The General  Accounting Office  found that                                                            
     the  MEP had  a  positive effect  on  performance  in areas  of                                                            
     profits,   sales,  product   quality,   workplace  technology,                                                             
     productivity,  and customer  satisfaction.  In addition  to the                                                            
     federal  and state funds, the  communities will contribute  "in                                                            
     kind".                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken moved for adoption.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green outlined the explanatory statement.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
There being no objection, Amendment #74 was ADOPTED.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
7:53:18 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Amendment   #75:  This   amendment   increases   the  general   fund                                                            
appropriation  to the  Statewide  Facilities Maintenance  (HD  1-40)                                                            
component  of the Department  of Public Safety  on page 44,  lines 7                                                            
and 8 from $200,000  to $500,000. Accompanying explanatory  language                                                            
reads as follows.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     This amendment restores  funding to the amount requested by the                                                            
     Governor.  The department  has 17 facilities  around the  state                                                            
     that need  repair and maintenance  funding. The department  has                                                            
     only received repair  and maintenance funding twice in the last                                                            
     ten years,  and some of the repairs  for these facilities  have                                                            
     reached the  point where it need[s] to be addressed  as soon as                                                            
     possible.   This  includes  heating  and  electrical   repairs,                                                            
     significant  roof repairs  to the Anchorage  hangar, and  other                                                            
     deferred maintenance issues.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken moved for adoption.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green  noted the locations  of the proposed projects  would                                                            
be statewide.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
There being no objection, Amendment #75 was ADOPTED.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
7:53:52 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Amendment #76:  This amendment inserts  a new subsection  to Section                                                            
22. OFFICE OF  THE GOVERNOR., on page 98, following  line 18 to read                                                            
as follows.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
          (d) The sum of $500,000 is appropriated from the general                                                              
     fund to the Office  of the Governor, executive office, for work                                                            
     related to  the state gas pipeline and to bringing  North Slope                                                            
     natural gas  to market, and other oil and gas  projects for the                                                            
     fiscal years ending June 30, 2005 and June 30, 2006.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
This amendment  also provides for an effective date  of July 1, 2004                                                            
for the provision in the new subsection.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken moved for adoption.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green gave a brief explanation                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
There was no objection and the amendment was ADOPTED.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
7:54:23 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Amendment  #77:  This  amendment   inserts  a  new  Municipality  of                                                            
Anchorage -  Raspberry Road Extension  - Minnesota Drive  to Rovenna                                                            
Street  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 $2.4 million general funds                                                            
to  the  component.  Accompanying  explanatory   language  reads  as                                                            
follows.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     MOA  will match the  state funds in  the amount of $1,550,000.                                                             
     This minor  arterial is a missing  transportation link  and the                                                            
     municipality  plans to construct  the Rovenna Street  to Arctic                                                            
     Boulevard  link. Construction  funding  for the State's  larger                                                            
     project to connect  Raspberry Road to Dowling Road in this area                                                            
     is not  expected before 2010.  In 2003, the project  was a high                                                            
     priority   of   the  MOA   70/30   program,  which   has   been                                                            
     discontinued.   The residents   of the  area  of  this  project                                                            
     support  it wholeheartedly but  only if both the State  and the                                                            
     Municipal sections  of the extension are done at the same time.                                                            
     The  Municipal section  is up for design  and construction  and                                                            
     the design and construct  for the State extension should happen                                                            
     at the  same time.  This project serves  to relieve  congestion                                                            
     and  is necessary  to complete  the long-term  plan to  connect                                                            
     Raspberry  and Dowling for a  much needed additional  East-West                                                            
     corridor.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken moved for adoption.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
AT EASE 7:54:35 PM / 8:03:40 PM                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
There being no objection, Amendment #77 was ADOPTED.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Amendment  #78:  This  amendment   inserts  a  new  Municipality  of                                                            
Anchorage - Pavement  Rehabilitation Projects, 50/50  Matching Grant                                                            
component  in to the  Grants to  Municipalities  BRU, Department  of                                                            
Commerce,  Community and Economic  Development  on page 8,  lines 11                                                            
and 12 and appropriates  $2,275,000 general funds  to the component.                                                            
Accompanying explanatory language reads as follows.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     The MOA will  match the state funds for a total  of $1,000,000.                                                            
     The combined  amounts will fund  approximately 10 MOA  projects                                                            
     area-wide.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken moved for adoption.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
The amendment was ADOPTED without objection.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Amendment  #79:  This  amendment   inserts  a  new  Municipality  of                                                            
Anchorage   -   Strawberry   Road/Jewel   Lake   Road  Intersection                                                             
Improvements  component  in to  the  Grants to  Municipalities  BRU,                                                            
Department of  Commerce, Community and Economic Development  on page                                                            
8, lines 10 and  11, and appropriates $1.3 million  general funds to                                                            
the component.  Accompanying explanatory language  reads as follows.                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     This project will include signalization, channelization, and                                                               
     pedestrian improvements at the intersection of Strawberry Road                                                             
     and Jewel Lake Road.                                                                                                       
     The municipality is providing matching funds for the                                                                       
     Strawberry Road portion, which is municipally owned.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken moved for adoption.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green announced that Amendment #79 was WITHDRAWN.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
[NOTE: This Amendment was re-considered later.]                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green announced that Amendment #80 was WITHDRAWN.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
[NOTE: This Amendment was re-considered later.]                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green announced that Amendment #81 was WITHDRAWN.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
[NOTE: This Amendment was re-considered later.]                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green announced that Amendment #82 was WITHDRAWN.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
[NOTE: This Amendment was re-considered later.]                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
AT EASE: 8:04:44 PM / 8:05:23 PM                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Amendment  #79:  This  amendment   inserts  a  new  Municipality  of                                                            
Anchorage   -   Strawberry   Road/Jewel   Lake   Road  Intersection                                                             
Improvements  component  in to  the  Grants to  Municipalities  BRU,                                                            
Department of  Commerce, Community and Economic Development  on page                                                            
8, lines 10 and  11, and appropriates $1.3 million  general funds to                                                            
the component.  Accompanying explanatory language  reads as follows.                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     This project will include signalization, channelization, and                                                               
     pedestrian improvements at the intersection of Strawberry Road                                                             
     and Jewel Lake Road.                                                                                                       
     The municipality is providing matching funds for the                                                                       
     Strawberry Road portion, which is municipally owned.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken moved for adoption.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green overviewed the explanatory statement.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Hoffman  requested  an  explanation  of  the municipality-                                                             
provided matching funds.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
8:06:40 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JAMES ARMSTRONG,  Staff to Co-Chair  Wilken, informed of  the recent                                                            
bond issuance  by the Municipality of Anchorage. Revenues  generated                                                            
from  these  bonds   would  be  appropriated  to  match   the  State                                                            
appropriation.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
8:07:18 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Green asked  if the ratio  of municipal  funding to  State                                                            
funding would be equal                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Armstrong understood this to be so.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Without objection the Amendment #80 was ADOPTED.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
8:07:41 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Amendment  #80:  This  amendment   inserts  a  new  Municipality  of                                                            
Anchorage  - Pintail  Street  at Huffman  Road  Safety Improvements                                                             
component  in to the  Grants to  Municipalities  BRU, Department  of                                                            
Commerce,  Community and Economic  Development  on page 8,  lines 10                                                            
and 11  and appropriates  $490,000 general  funds to the  component.                                                            
Accompanying explanatory language reads as follows.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     This   project  will   construct  safety   and  channelization                                                             
     improvements  on Pintail Street.  Improvements are expected  to                                                            
     include  pavement, a  northbound right-turn  lane onto  Huffman                                                            
     Road, and street lighting.  Project design has been funded. The                                                            
     project will improve safety.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken moved for adoption.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
The amendment was ADOPTED without objection.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Amendment  #81:  This  amendment   inserts  a  new  Municipality  of                                                            
Anchorage - Flooding and  Glaciations Projects, 50/50 Matching Grant                                                            
component  in to the  Grants to  Municipalities  BRU, Department  of                                                            
Commerce,  Community and Economic  Development  on page 8,  lines 10                                                            
and 11  and appropriates  $500,000  to the  component. Accompanying                                                             
explanatory language reads as follows.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     The MOA will  match the state funds for a total  of $1,000,000.                                                            
     The combined  amounts will fund  approximately 18 MOA  projects                                                            
     area-wide.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken moved for adoption.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
There being no objection, the amendment was ADOPTED.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
8:08:06 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Amendment  #82:  This  amendment   inserts  a  new  Municipality  of                                                            
Anchorage  -  Pedestrian  Safety  Projects,   50/50  Matching  Grant                                                            
component  in to the  Grants to  Municipalities  BRU, Department  of                                                            
Commerce,  Community and Economic  Development  on page 8,  lines 10                                                            
and 11  and appropriates  $500,000 general  funds to the  component.                                                            
Accompanying explanatory language reads as follows.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     The MOA will  match the state funds for a total  of $1,000,000.                                                            
     The combined amounts  will fund approximately 13 MOA pedestrian                                                            
     safety projects area-wide.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken moved for adoption.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Without objection the amendment was ADOPTED.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
8:08:24 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Amendment #83: This amendment  inserts a new bill section to read as                                                            
follows.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     Section  X.  DEPARTMENT  OF COMMERCE,  COMMUNITY  AND  ECONOMIC                                                            
     DEVELOPMENT.  The  sum of  $275,000  is appropriated  from  the                                                            
     general  fund  to the  Department  of Commerce,  Community  and                                                            
     Economic  Development for a grant  to the Atwood Foundation  to                                                            
     assist  with the  review  of the  CDQ Program  including  state                                                            
     regulations.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
This amendment  also provides an effective date of  May 10, 2005 for                                                            
FY 05 and FY 06 for the added section.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Senator Hoffman  announced that the amendment would  be NOT OFFERED.                                                            
                                                                                                                                
AT EASE 8:08:55 PM / 8:09:49 PM                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Amendment  #84:  This amendment  inserts  a  new  Inuit Circumpolar                                                             
Conference - Alaska component  to the Grants to Named Recipients (AS                                                            
37.05.316  BRU,  Department  of  Commerce,  Community  and  Economic                                                            
Development  on page 3, lines  30 and 31  and appropriates  $150,000                                                            
general funds to the component.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson moved for adoption.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
There being no objection the amendment was ADOPTED.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Amendment  #84   Part  II:  This  amendment  deletes   the  City  of                                                            
Unalakleet  -  Unalakleet  Equipment  Purchase  and Repair  (HD  40)                                                            
component  from the  Grants  to Municipalities  BRU,  Department  of                                                            
Commerce, Community  and Economic  Development on page 12,  lines 31                                                            
through 33,  and deletes the $75,000  general fund appropriation  to                                                            
the component.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
This amendment  also inserts  a new Inuit  Circumpolar Conference  -                                                            
Alaska  component  in  to  the  Grants  to  Named   Recipients  BRU,                                                            
Department of  Commerce, Community and Economic Development  on page                                                            
3, lines 30 and 31, and appropriates $75,000 to the component.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green announced this amendment would be NOT OFFERED.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
AT EASE 8:10:21 PM / 8:12:26 PM                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Amendment   #85:  This  amendment   inserts   a  new  Alaska   Works                                                            
Partnership Pipeline  Training Equipment component  in to the Grants                                                            
to  Named Recipients  BRU,  Department  of Commerce,  Community  and                                                            
Economic Development  on page 3, lines  30 and 31, and appropriates                                                             
$1.5 million to the component.  The funding source is not indicated.                                                            
Accompanying explanatory language reads as follows.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     Alaska Works  Partnership desires to participate  in the Alaska                                                            
     Technical   and   Vocational   Education  Program   (TVEP)   by                                                            
     increasing  the contribution  from .10%  to .130% for  pipeline                                                            
     training  and equipment  needs. This  increase should  raise an                                                            
     additional  $1.5  million  per year  for  federally  registered                                                            
     jointly  administered   labor/management  training   trusts  in                                                            
     Alaska.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green announced this amendment would be NOT OFFERED.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Amendment  #86: This amendment  increases  the appropriation  to the                                                            
City of Delta  Junction - Road Improvements component  in the Grants                                                            
to  Municipalities  BRU,  Department   of Commerce,   Community  and                                                            
Economic  Development on page  9, lines 14  and 15 from $100,000  to                                                            
$300,000.  The  funding  source  of the  additional  amount  is  not                                                            
specified.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken moved for adoption.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green noted the increase of $200,000 to this project.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
There being no objection, Amendment #86 was ADOPTED.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
8:12:38 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Amendment  #87: This amendment  increases  the appropriation  to the                                                            
Chickaloon  Fire Service Corp.  - Equipment  and Training (HD  7-11)                                                            
component  of  the  Grants  to  Municipalities  BRU,  Department  of                                                            
Commerce, Community  and Economic  Development, on page 5,  lines 13                                                            
through  15 from  $30,000  to $55,000.  The  funding  source of  the                                                            
additional amount is not specified.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken moved for adoption.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green noted the increase of $25,000 to this project.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
There being no objection, Amendment #87 was ADOPTED.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
8:12:53 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Amendment #88: This amendment reads as follows.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development                                                                 
     Grants to Municipalities                                                                                                   
     $500,000  is  appropriated   to  the Department   of  Commerce,                                                            
     Community    and   Economic   Development,    Office   of   the                                                            
     Commissioner,   as a  grant  to  the City  of  Galena  for  the                                                            
     engagement of experimental  legal and technical analysis in the                                                            
     preparation  of a series  of required  white papers to  address                                                            
     public  concerns and regulation  requirements for the  proposed                                                            
     mini-nuclear power plant at Galena.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken moved for adoption.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Green noted  a friendly  amendment  to  the amendment,  of                                                            
which  she is  the  sponsor,  to delete  "experimental"  and  insert                                                            
"expert".  No Committee  action is  required and  the amendment  was                                                            
AMENDED.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Blaisdell  furthered  that "Office of  the Commissioner"  should                                                            
also  be deleted  from  the  language  of the  amendment.  She  then                                                            
outlined the amendment.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Without objection the amended amendment was ADOPTED.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
[The intent of the Committee  is assumed that the deletion suggested                                                            
by Ms. Blaisdell was made to the language of the amendment.]                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
8:14:12 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Amendment  #89:  This amendment  inserts  a  new Cook  Inlet  Tribal                                                            
Council - Development of  Delancey Street and Hchanlyut component to                                                            
the  Grants  to  Named  Recipients  BRU,  Department   of  Commerce,                                                            
Community and  Economic Development on page 3, lines  30 and 31, and                                                            
appropriates  $100,000 to the component.  The funding source  is not                                                            
specified.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken moved for adoption.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green announced this amendment would be WITHDRAWN.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Amendment #90: This amendment  inserts a new City of Valdez - Harbor                                                            
Improvements   and  Maintenance  component  in   to  the  Grants  to                                                            
Municipalities  BRU, Department of Commerce, Community  and Economic                                                            
Development, on  page 8, lines 10 and 11, and appropriates  $500,000                                                            
to the component. The funding  source is not specified. Accompanying                                                            
explanatory language reads as follows.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     This appropriation will in essence turn over the operation of                                                              
     the Valdez City Harbor to the city.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green announced this amendment would be NOT OFFERED.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
8:14:31 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Amendment  #91:   This  amendment  inserts  a  new  Alaska   Loggers                                                            
Association  Retirement Plan and Trust  (for payment to the  Pension                                                            
Benefit Guaranty  Corporation) component  in to the Grants  to Named                                                            
Recipients  BRU,  Department  of Commerce,  Community  and  Economic                                                            
Development  on page 3, lines 30 and  31, and appropriates  $500,000                                                            
general funds to the component.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken moved for adoption.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
The amendment was ADOPTED without objection.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Amendment   #92:  this   amendment   increases   the  general   fund                                                            
appropriation  to the Facilities Deferred  Maintenance and  Critical                                                            
Repairs (HD 1-40) component  of the Department of Transportation and                                                            
Public Facilities on page  46, lines 7 through 9, from $1.25 million                                                            
to $4 million.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
This amendment  also  inserts a  new Statewide:  Airport Lease  Lots                                                            
Development  component  to  the  Department  of  Transportation  and                                                            
Public Facilities  on page 45, line 32, and appropriates  $2 million                                                            
general funds to the component.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken moved for adoption.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Blaisdell outlined the amendment.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Senator Hoffman asked what  airports would be involved in the second                                                            
component of the amendment.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
8:15:43 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
NANCY  SLAGLE,  Director,   Division  of  Administrative   Services,                                                            
Department of  Transportation and Public Facilities,  testified that                                                            
several rural  airports would be appropriate for the  development of                                                            
lease  lots, including  those located  at Barrow,  Deadhorse,  Nome,                                                            
Birchwood,  Bethel, Willow, Sitka,  Hoonah, and Haines. Land  in the                                                            
selected locations  would be cleared, graded and otherwise  prepared                                                            
for development by private investments.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
8:16:28 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Green asked  if  the airports  would  subsequently  become                                                            
income producing.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Slagle answered yes.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson  questioned the demand  for the land located  near the                                                            
Haines airport.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
8:16:56 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Slagle  replied that some land  could be developed for  aircraft                                                            
hangers.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
8:17:22 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
There being no objection, Amendment #92 was ADOPTED.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
8:17:31 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Amendment  #93: This amendment  increases  the appropriation  to the                                                            
AHFC  Birch Park  Window  Replacement  (HD  7-11) component  of  the                                                            
Alaska Housing  Finance Corporation  BRU, Department of Revenue,  on                                                            
page 44, lines  25 and 26, from $650,000 to $1,323,000  other funds.                                                            
Accompanying explanatory language reads as follows.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     This amendment restores the full funding request for the Birch                                                             
     Park Window Replacement project.                                                                                           
     The project utilized  Corporate (AHFC) funds to replace all the                                                            
     windows  at  Birch  Park I  and  Birch Park  II  in  Fairbanks.                                                            
     Replacement  of  these  windows  will reduce  energy  loss  and                                                            
     increase  comfort for the residents.  These windows  need to be                                                            
     replaced   to  maintain   the  structural   integrity   of  the                                                            
     buildings.  The  new  windows  will be  commercial  grade  with                                                            
     standardized   hardware.  This   project  will  lower   routine                                                            
     maintenance  costs  and provide  for health  and safety  issues                                                            
     i.e. fire egress and security.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken moved for adoption.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green  clarified the changes  made to the amendment  before                                                            
it was submitted for consideration.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green announced the amendment was ADOPTED.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
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."                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
This amendment was tabled at the previous hearing.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Wilken offered a  motion to withdraw  the motion  to adopt                                                            
the amendment.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Without objection the amendment was WITHDRAWN.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Amendment   #85:  This  amendment   inserts   a  new  Alaska   Works                                                            
Partnership Pipeline  Training Equipment component  in to the Grants                                                            
to  Named Recipients  BRU,  Department  of Commerce,  Community  and                                                            
Economic Development  on page 3, lines  30 and 31, and appropriates                                                             
$1.5 million to the component.  The funding source is not indicated.                                                            
Accompanying explanatory language reads as follows.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     Alaska Works  Partnership desires to participate  in the Alaska                                                            
     Technical   and   Vocational   Education  Program   (TVEP)   by                                                            
     increasing  the contribution  from .10%  to .130% for  pipeline                                                            
     training  and equipment  needs. This  increase should  raise an                                                            
     additional  $1.5  million  per year  for  federally  registered                                                            
     jointly  administered   labor/management  training   trusts  in                                                            
     Alaska.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Green  had announced  earlier  in  the meeting  that  this                                                            
amendment would not be considered.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Senator Hoffman  asked the  reason for this  action and whether  the                                                            
State  appropriation  would  garner  federal  funding to  "bring  in                                                            
substantial training dollars to the State."                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Green   replied  that  she   had  not  received   adequate                                                            
information on the merits of the proposal.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Hoffman requested  the Department  of  Labor and  Workforce                                                            
Development respond to questions on the amendment.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
8:19:41 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
GUY BELL, Assistant Commissioner,  Department of Labor and Workforce                                                            
Development,  testified  that  the  Technical  Vocational  Education                                                            
Program  is  a  fund derived  from  employee  contributions.   These                                                            
contributions   are  statutorily  limited  to  .10   percent  of  an                                                            
employee's earnings.  The funds are distributed to  various entities                                                            
and would be insufficient to fund the new component.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Senator Hoffman  stressed  that the training  would be necessary  to                                                            
provide jobs constructing the proposed natural gas pipeline.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Mr.  Bell reiterated  that  increasing  the  percent  withheld  from                                                            
employee earnings would require statutory changes.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Mr.  Bell also  noted the  appropriation  would not  secure  federal                                                            
funding, only State funds would be involved.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
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."                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
A motion to adopt the amendment  was tabled at the previous hearing.                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Wilken reoffered  his  motion for  adoption.  He read  the                                                            
language of the amendment into the record.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:24:04 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green clarified  this language would not duplicate language                                                            
adopted in a separate amendment.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Blaisdell affirmed.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
There being no objection, Amendment #45 was ADOPTED.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
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.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
[Note: A motion  to adopt the amendment  was tabled at the  previous                                                            
hearing.]                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken  moved for adoption. At Co-Chair Green's  request he                                                            
outlined the amendment.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
There being no objection, Amendment #52 was ADOPTED.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
8:25:16 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.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
[Note: A motion  to adopt the amendment  was tabled at the  previous                                                            
hearing.]                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken moved for adoption.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
There being no objection, Amendment #53 was ADOPTED.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
AT EASE 8:25:42 PM / 8:34:59 PM                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Green announced  that Amendment #63,  which was tabled  at                                                            
the previous hearing, would be reviewed and possibly amended.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Amendment #83: This amendment  inserts a new bill section to read as                                                            
follows.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     Section  X.  DEPARTMENT  OF COMMERCE,  COMMUNITY  AND  ECONOMIC                                                            
     DEVELOPMENT.  The  sum of  $275,000  is appropriated  from  the                                                            
     general  fund  to the  Department  of Commerce,  Community  and                                                            
     Economic  Development for a grant  to the Atwood Foundation  to                                                            
     assist  with the  review  of the  CDQ Program  including  state                                                            
     regulations.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
This amendment  also provides an effective date of  May 10, 2005 for                                                            
FY 05 and FY 06 for the added section.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
[Note: Senator  Hoffman announced  earlier in the meeting  that this                                                            
amendment  would  not be  offered and  no action  was  taken on  the                                                            
amendment.]                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson, at the direction  of Co-Chair Green, offered a motion                                                            
to rescind  Committee  action taken  on Amendment  #83 and moved  to                                                            
adopt the amendment.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Without objection the amendment was ADOPTED.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Green understood  that Amendment  #83 would  have a  FY 06                                                            
effective date.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson affirmed.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
8:36:57 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Green directed  attention  to information  distributed  to                                                            
members [copy  not provided.]  She described  the information  as "a                                                            
letter,  a copy of  a packet of  letters that are  the result  of an                                                            
adverse decision."                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
ART   CHANCE,    Director,    Labor   Relations,    Department    of                                                            
Administration,  testified  that the  State lost  in arbitration,  a                                                            
dispute  with  the  teachers  unit   at the  Mt.  Edgecumbe   school                                                            
involving compensation  for a preparatory period during the workday.                                                            
The school  schedule  had been  changed to include  this  additional                                                            
period  and  the   arbitrator  ruled  that  the  teachers   must  be                                                            
compensated for  the additional hours they were required  to work. A                                                            
decision was made to maintain  the schedule for the remainder of the                                                            
school  year. As  a result,  approximately  $170,000  in  additional                                                            
funding is needed. The  class schedule would be changed for the next                                                            
school year.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Green remarked  that  the information  was  provided as  a                                                            
proposed  amendment. It was  not her intent  to offer the  amendment                                                            
because such a precedent should not be set.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
8:40:30 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Mr.  Chance   informed  of  the  statutory   requirement   that  the                                                            
Department  report  this  information  to  the  legislature,  as  it                                                            
implicates  monetary terms  for consideration  at the discretion  of                                                            
the legislature.  The possibility that the arbitration  ruling could                                                            
be reversed  in  court was  considered  and deemed  unlikely by  the                                                            
Department  of Law.  He stated,  "Absent  your telling  us that  you                                                            
disapprove  under Section  215 of [indiscernible],  we are  bound by                                                            
the lawful award of the arbitrator."                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green avowed, "We do object to paying this."                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
AT EASE 8:41:40 PM / 8:48:53 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."                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
[Note: This amendment was adopted earlier in the meeting.]                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken offered  a motion to rescind action previously taken                                                            
in adopting the amendment.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
There being no  objection, the action in adopting  the amendment was                                                            
RESCINDED.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Amendment  #95: This amendment  changes the  language of  subsection                                                            
(a) of  Section 22.  OFFICE OF THE  GOVERNOR., on  page 98,  lines 9                                                            
through 12. The amended language reads as follows.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     (a) The sum  of $125,000 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.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Accompanying explanatory  language reads, "This expands  the purpose                                                            
of the appropriation."                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Green noted this  language would  replace the language  of                                                            
Amendment #45.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
There being no objection, Amendment #95 was ADOPTED.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Amendment  94:  This  amendment  changes   the  funding  sources  of                                                            
appropriations  made in Section 21,  GAS PIPELINE, on page  96, line                                                            
19,  through  page  98,  line  8,  from  general  funds  and  Alaska                                                            
Permanent Fund  Corporation receipts, to general funds  exclusively.                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken moved for adoption.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green outlined the amendment.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken  noted the appropriation is for activities  intended                                                            
to prepare for a natural gas pipeline.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
8:49:55 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator Hoffman asked if the only change is the funding source.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Green  affirmed  the  Alaska  Permanent  Fund Corporation                                                             
receipts would be replaced with general funds.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
There being no objection, Amendment #94 was ADOPTED.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
8:50:30 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson  clarified that  the effective  date of Amendment  #83                                                            
should be May 10, 2005.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
AT EASE 8:51:08 PM / 8:52:40 PM                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson further reiterated  that the effective date of May 10,                                                            
2005 applies to  the fiscal years ending June 30 2005,  and June 30,                                                            
2006.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green deemed that the clarification was adopted.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
8:53:11 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Green   announced  the  conclusion  of  consideration   of                                                            
amendments to the operating budget.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Blaisdell  requested  the  Committee  grant  authority  to  the                                                            
Division  of Legislative   Finance and  the  Division  of Legal  and                                                            
Research  Services to make  any necessary  technical and  conforming                                                            
changes.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green affirmed,  for the record, that this is the intent of                                                            
the Committee.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
The bill was HELD in Committee.                                                                                                 

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