Legislature(1993 - 1994)

02/17/1993 09:05 AM STA

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* first hearing in first committee of referral
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= bill was previously heard/scheduled
  SENATOR   LEMAN   announced   SB    79   BOARDS/COMMISSIONS/                 
  COUNCILS/AUTHORITIES   and    SB   80    BOARDS/COMMISSIONS/                 
  COUNCILS/AUTHORITIES to be  up for  consideration.  He  said                 
  changing  the  sunset  dates and  an  amendment  regarding a                 
  technical  error  were   the  only  two  things   that  were                 
  different.  RANDY  WELKER said in  the process of  splitting                 
  the bills, one reference in  the repealer section didn't get                 
  picked up.                                                                   
  Number 370                                                                   
  SENATOR TAYLOR explained  that there was a  problem with the                 
  electrical  workers  who  lost   the  ability,  because   of                 
  sunseting,  to license various  administrators.   MR. WELKER                 
  said these bills  are primarily  to terminate regulation  of                 
  electrical  administrators   by  the  state.     MR.  WELKER                 
  explained that termination  has already  occurred.  This  is                 
  simply an effort to clean up the statutes to reflect that.                   
  SENATOR TAYLOR said he didn't want to do that, because there                 
  were some real  important public health and  safety concerns                 
  we all need  to be  aware of concerning  licensing of  these                 
  people.  He  noted that  the cold storage  in Juneau  burned                 
  down,  because there was improper wiring inside.  MR. WELKER                 
  said he would check with legal to see what the proper avenue                 
  for reestablishing  the Board  is, but  he thought  it would                 
  take separate legislation from this.                                         
  Number 424                                                                   
  SENATOR DUNCAN asked what was the  rationale for the varying                 
  lengths of time  for review of  various boards.  MR.  WELDER                 
  said  there  were several  elements:  one  was  if they  had                 
  recently been reviewed  under the sunset process,  they were                 
  put in a later year of the ten year cycle, another was those                 
  boards and commissions they typically have no problems with,                 
  and  boards and  commissions  that  have  not had  a  sunset                 
  review, yet,  which were  put in  the earlier  years of  the                 
  review cycle.                                                                
  Number 450                                                                   
  KRISTIE LEAF, Deputy Director,  Boards and Commissions, said                 
  the  Governor's  Task   Force  on  Boards   and  Commissions                 
  recommended extensions, except  for the Board of  Mechanical                 
  Examiners.  She said those Boards  that do charge fees cover                 
  the  cost  of their  own operations.    They do  not support                 
  changing the  sunset from 4  years to 10  years.   They feel                 
  that  it  would establish  each  Board as  a  more permanent                 
  structure in government which is contrary to current trends.                 
  They recommended the Code Revision Commission, the Hazardous                 
  Substance Spill Technology Review Council,  and Storage Tank                 
  Assistance  Board  not be  recommended  for extension.   The                 
  Older Alaskans  Commission  was recommended  to be  combined                 
  with  the  Pioneer   Home  Advisory  Board.     The  Woman's                 
  Commission was recommended to be consolidated with two other                 
  SENATOR   ELLIS   asked   if   there   were   any   specific                 
  recommendations from her  Task Force on what  was originally                 
  called the Cost of  Care Review Board.  MS. LEAF  said SB 80                 
  contained some of the recommendations of the Governor's Task                 
  Force.  Others  were the  result of a  study by  Legislative                 
  Budget  and  Audit.    She  said  they would  defer  to  the                 
  Legislature's decisions on which Boards  are to be continued                 
  or deferred.                                                                 
  SENATOR DUNCAN asked why the legislature was not referred to                 
  in the  case of  the Women's Commission  and the  Children's                 
  Commission?   MS. LEAF said  the Executive Orders are before                 
  the  legislature  now,  so  they  have  the  opportunity  to                 
  disapprove them.                                                             
  Number 480                                                                   
  TERRY  LAUTERBACH,  Legislative  Legal  Services,  said  the                 
  termination  date  of  the  Women's  Commission  would   not                 
  automatically apply to the new commission.   If and when the                 
  Executive Order goes into effect, the legislature would need                 
  to amend  SB 79 to  put the new  commission into  the sunset                 
  cycle.  It  was not appropriate to do  that yet, because the                 
  Women's Commission still exists.                                             
  Number 555                                                                   
  SENATOR  ELLIS said he planned to  hold the Executive Agency                 
  of the Government to a very high standard of coordination on                 
  these things, because  it seems like every empire is looking                 
  out for itself and  not looking out for the  overall state's                 
  interests.   He  was  particularly  concerned about  tourism                 
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  Number 580                                                                   
  MS. LAUTERBACH explained how she drafted the bills.                          
  SENATOR TAYLOR reiterated  his concern with  no examinations                 
  for  electrical  administrators.    He  said  the  test  was                 
  controlled  by  the  IBEW  for  years  and  it  was  grossly                 
  mismanaged.  The  controversy is  there and it  needs to  be                 
  monitored.  The legislature needs to make a policy call that                 
  says public health  and safety needs  to be considered.   He                 
  does not  favor deleting electrical administrators  from the                 
  Number 560                                                                   
  SENATOR  LEMAN  said  he  understands  that it  has  already                 
  happened and the question is, do  you want to leave the  old                 
  statute in even though it's expired.  SENATOR TAYLOR said he                 
  would be happy to clean it up and deal with it in Judiciary.                 
  Number 550                                                                   
  SENATOR  TAYLOR  moved  to adopt  Lauterbach  amendment  #1.                 
  There were no objections and it was so ordered.                              
  SENATOR MILLER moved to  adopt amendment #2.  SENATOR  ELLIS                 
  objected.    SENATOR LEMAN  called  for  a roll  call  vote:                 
  SENATOR  DUNCAN: No; and SENATOR LEMAN:  Yes; and the motion                 
  SENATOR  LEMAN  announced   amendment  #3   to  be  up   for                 
  SENATOR TAYLOR moved to  adopt amendment #3.  There  were no                 
  objections and it was so ordered.                                            
  SENATOR  TAYLOR  moved  to  discharge  CSSB  79  (STA)  from                 
  Committee with  individual recommendations.   There  were no                 
  objections and it was so ordered.                                            
  SENATOR LEMAN said they still had SB 80 before them.                         
  Number 515                                                                   
  KAREN MORGAN, Division  of Information Services, opposed  SB
  80, particularly the  language regarding  Telecommunications                 
  Information  Council  (TIC).   What  TIC does  that previous                 
  committees have not been able to do is combine the interests                 
  of  the  executive  and  legislative  branches.   They  feel                 
  oversight  is needed because  so much money  is involved and                 
  there is so much that can be done on the state wide level.                   
  Number 500                                                                   
  DENNIS DEWITT, Director, Division  of Pioneer Benefits, said                 
  they opposed Sections  24, 25, 26, and the  repealer portion                 
  of Section 36 which combines the Pioneer Advisory Board with                 
  the  Older  Alaskans Commission.    Combining the  two would                 
  increase the cost of running the  Commission.  He thought it                 
  was  important  to  keep  the  two  Boards  because  of  the                 
  expertise they offer in the process of reorganization.                       
  HARLAN  KNUDSON,  Alaska  State  Hospital  and  Nursing Home                 
  Association,  opposed Section 31  which removes the Medicaid                 
  Rate Commission.  The  Board is a good  place to figure  out                 
  rate  changes and  it is  merely advisory.    The Department                 
  still makes the decision,  but it does allow the  industry a                 
  chance to negotiate.   Also, the repealers in the  back look                 
  like they are repealing  all the staff of the  Medicaid Rate                 
  Commission.   That is  where the  savings would  be, but  he                 
  thought the staff was essential.                                             
  Number 440                                                                   
  SENATOR LEMAN said he would hold SB 80 until Friday.                         

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