Legislature(2017 - 2018)SENATE FINANCE 532

06/21/2017 04:00 PM CONFERENCE COMMITTEES ON HB 57 AND HB 59

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04:03:49 PM Start
04:19:29 PM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+= HB 57 APPROP: OPERATING BUDGET/LOANS/FUNDS TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
- Department of Education & Early Development
- Department of Health & Social Services
- Department of Natural Resources
- University of Alaska
- Legislature
- Personal Services Reductions
- Supplemental
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 57(FIN) am(brf sup maj fld)(efd fld)                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     "An Act making appropriations for the operating and                                                                        
     loan program expenses of state government and for                                                                          
     certain   programs;   capitalizing    funds;   repealing                                                                   
     appropriations;  and making supplemental  appropriations                                                                   
     and reappropriations."                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
and                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
SENATE CS FOR CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 57(FIN) am S                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     "An  Act making  appropriations  for  the operating  and                                                                   
     loan  program  expenses  of  state  government  and  for                                                                   
     certain   programs;   capitalizing    funds;   repealing                                                                   
     appropriations;  making supplemental appropriations  and                                                                   
     reappropriations;  making appropriations under  art. IX,                                                                   
     sec. 17(c),  Constitution of  the State of  Alaska, from                                                                   
     the constitutional  budget  reserve fund; and  providing                                                                   
     for an effective date."                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
4:04:21 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Seaton invited  Lacey  Sanders  of the  Legislative                                                                   
Finance  Division  to  join  legislators  at  the  table.  He                                                                   
reported that  the conference  committee would be  addressing                                                                   
open items  in HB 57 based  on the motion  sheets distributed                                                                   
to  members  earlier  in  the  day dated  June  21th  on  the                                                                   
following:                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     · Department of Health and Social Services                                                                                 
     · Department of Natural Resources                                                                                          
     · University of Alaska                                                                                                     
     · Legislature                                                                                                              
     · Personal Services Reductions                                                                                             
     · Supplemental Items                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
4:04:56 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator Hoffman MOVED to RESCIND action on HSS Item 1.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
4:05:10 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator Hoffman MOVED to ADOPT HSS Item 1 - Senate.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
4:05:23 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator Hoffman MOVED to ADOPT the following in Department                                                                      
of Health and Social Services budget:                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     Item 3    House                                                                                                            
     Item 4    House                                                                                                            
     Item 5    Line 1 House minus $246.1 for a revised                                                                          
               total of $1,435.5                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
               Line  2  House  minus  $864.7  for  a  revised                                                                   
               total of $2,425.7                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
               Personal  services  funding  has been  reduced                                                                   
               by  25%  in  recognition  that  the  positions                                                                   
               will not  be hired by July 1st  and other line                                                                   
               items  have  been  reduced  by  an  additional                                                                   
               $290.4 of Unrestricted General Funds.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     Item 6    Senate plus $586.2 for a revised amount of                                                                       
               minus $300.0                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
    Item 7    Line 1 Senate minus $867.1 for a revised                                                                          
               amount  of $860.0  and  change the  allocation                                                                   
               to Foster Care Base Rate                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
               Line  2  Senate  plus  $867.1  for  a  revised                                                                   
               amount   of  minus   $860.0  and  change   the                                                                   
               allocation to Foster Care Base Rate                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     Item 8    House                                                                                                            
     Item 10   House                                                                                                            
     Item 12   Senate                                                                                                           
     Item 13   House                                                                                                            
     Item 14   Senate                                                                                                           
     Item 15   House                                                                                                            
     Item 16   Senate plus $708.8 for a revised amount of                                                                       
               minus $84.2                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     Item 17   Line 1 Senate plus $104.0 as IncT for FY18                                                                       
               through FY20                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
               Line  2  Senate  plus  $378.9  as  IncOTI  for                                                                   
               FY18, plus  $378.9 as IncT for  FY18 and FY19,                                                                   
               plus $275.0 as IncT for FY18 through FY20                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     And add intent language: It is the intent of the                                                                           
     legislature that public health nursing develop a                                                                           
     three-year  plan  to  contract   with  community  health                                                                   
     centers  and/or other health  care providers  to realize                                                                   
     efficiencies   while   offering    similar   levels   of                                                                   
     services.  The Department  shall present the  three-year                                                                   
     phased plan  to the finance committee co-chairs  and the                                                                   
     Legislative Finance Division by January 30, 2018.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     Item 18   House                                                                                                            
     Item 19   Senate plus $300.0 for a revised amount of                                                                       
               minus $171.6                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     Item 20   Senate for both lines                                                                                            
     Item 21   Senate for both lines                                                                                            
     Item 25   House                                                                                                            
     Item 26   Senate                                                                                                           
     Item 27   House                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Representative Pruitt OBJECTED.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Hoffman WITHDREW Item 27 from the motion.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     Item 28   House for both lines                                                                                             
     Item 29   Senate                                                                                                           
     Item 30   Senate                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     And  add  intent  language:  It  is the  intent  of  the                                                                   
     legislature   that  the   level  of   funding  for   day                                                                   
     habilitation  services  in   assisted  living  homes  be                                                                   
     sufficient to  provide a 'soft cap' on  recipients of up                                                                   
     to 12 hours of services per week.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Seaton indicated that the action closed the                                                                            
conference-able items, with the exception of Item 27, in                                                                        
the Department of Health and Social Services budget.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Hoffman MOVED to ADOPT Item 27 - House.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Representative Pruitt thought there would be concern among                                                                      
members in his caucus whether the state should be funding                                                                       
abortions. He would be maintaining his objection.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
4:11:29 PM                                                                                                                    
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:12:39 PM                                                                                                                    
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Hoffman WITHDREW  his  motion MOVED  to ADOPT  Item                                                                   
27. He recommended that HSS Item 27 remain OPEN.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Seaton  relayed that  the  committee  would not  be                                                                   
closing out the  DHSS budget in the current  meeting. He also                                                                   
announced  that   the  Department  of  Education   and  Early                                                                   
Development's budget would be taken up the following day.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
4:13:17 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Hoffman   MOVED  to  ADOPT  the  following   in  the                                                                   
Department of Natural Resources budget:                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
     Item 4    Senate                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Representative Pruitt OBJECTED.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Pruitt spoke  to his  objection. Many  of the                                                                   
members  of  his  caucus  that  were  very  passionate  about                                                                   
maintaining the House version.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Representative Pruitt MAINTAINED his OBJECTION.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
4:13:56 PM                                                                                                                    
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:15:12 PM                                                                                                                    
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
A roll call vote was taken on the motion.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
IN FAVOR:  Senator MacKinnon, Representative  Foster, Senator                                                                   
Hoffmann, Representative Seaton                                                                                                 
OPPOSED: Senator Olson, Representative Pruitt.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
The MOTION  to ADOPT  Item 4  - Senate  PASSED (House:  2/1 -                                                                   
Senate: 2/1).                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Seaton   indicated  that  the  action   closed  the                                                                   
conference-able   items   in   the  Department   of   Natural                                                                   
Resources.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
4:16:09 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator Hoffman MOVED to ADOPT the following in the                                                                             
University of Alaska budget:                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     Item 3    Senate plus $8,251.7 for a revised amount of                                                                     
               minus $8 million                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Seaton indicated that the action closed the                                                                            
conference-able items in the University of Alaska budget.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
4:16:36 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator Hoffman MOVED to ADOPT the following in the                                                                             
Legislature budget:                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     Item 1    Senate                                                                                                           
     Item 2    Senate                                                                                                           
     Item 3    Senate                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     And add intent language: It is the intent of the                                                                           
     legislature that the $300.0 Unrestricted General Fund                                                                      
     reduction be restored in the FY19 budget.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
     Item 4    Senate                                                                                                           
     Item 5    Senate                                                                                                           
     Item 6    Senate                                                                                                           
     Item 7    Senate                                                                                                           
     Item 8    Senate                                                                                                           
     Item 9    House                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
4:17:34 PM                                                                                                                    
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:17:40 PM                                                                                                                    
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
    Item 10   Senate minus $15,000 Unrestricted General                                                                         
               Fund (1004)                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     Item 11   House                                                                                                            
     Item 12   Senate                                                                                                           
     Item 13   Senate                                                                                                           
     Item 14   Senate                                                                                                           
     Item 15   Senate                                                                                                           
     Item 16   Senate                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Seaton   indicated  that  the  action   closed  the                                                                   
conference-able items in the Legislature budget.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
4:18:25 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Hoffman MOVED  to ADOPT  the  following in  Personal                                                                   
Services Reductions:                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     All Items      House                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Seaton   indicated  that  the  action   closed  the                                                                   
conference-able items in Personal Services Reductions.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
4:18:44 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Hoffman   MOVED  to  ADOPT  the  following   in  the                                                                   
Supplemental Items:                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     Item 4    Senate                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Seaton   indicated  that  the  action   closed  the                                                                   
conference-able items in the Supplemental Items.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
4:19:07 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Seaton announced  that a meeting  was scheduled  on                                                                   
BASIS for  the following  day at  10:00 a.m.  to take  up the                                                                   
remaining conference-able items.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                

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