Legislature(2001 - 2002)

04/29/2002 05:00 PM LEC

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LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL                                                                                                             
April 29, 2002                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
1.      ROLL CALL                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
The  Legislative Council  meeting  was  called to order at 5:15 p.m. by  Representative  Joe                                    
Green,  Legislative Council  Chair, in the House  Finance  Committee   Room   at the Alaska                                     
State Capitol.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
The  roll was  taken.   In attendance  were  Council   members   Green,  Kott,  Murkowski,                                      
Rokeberg,  Cowdery,   Halford,  Stevens, Torgerson   and Elton.   Staff present were  Varni,                                    
Cook, Collins, Clothier, Ibesate, Johnston, Price, and Schofield.                                                               
                                                                                                                                
2.      APPROVAL OF MARCH 1, 2002 MINUTES                                                                                     
                                                                                                                              
Senator Torgerson moved the minutes of the March 1, 2002 meeting be approved.                                                   
                                                                                                                                
With no objection the motion was approved unanimously.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
3.      NORTH POLE, BETHEL & FAIRBANKS LEASE RENEWALS                                                                         
                                                                                                                              
Senator Halford  moved   that the Legislative Council approve  the one year renewal options                                     
for the following leases:                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
North  Pole -  Legislative Offices of Senator  Therriault and  Representative  James  in the                                    
amount of $25,019.16 annually ($1.09 per sq. ft. for 1,905 sq. ft.).                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Bethel LIO  -  Legislative Offices of Senator Hoffman   and  Representative  Kapsner  in the                                    
amount of $39,354.48 annually ($1.86 per sq. ft. for 1,767 sq. ft.).                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Fairbanks  LIO   - Legislative Offices  Senator  Kelly, Senator  Lincoln,  Senator  Wilken,                                     
Representative   Coghill, Representative   Davies,  Representative  Hayes,   Representative                                     
Whitaker in the amount of $111,772.44 annually ($1.85 per sq. ft. for 5,035 sq. ft.).                                           
                                                                                                                                
The motion was approved unanimously.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
4.      CAPITOL FIRE ESCAPE UPGRADE APPROVAL                                                                                  
                                                                                                                              
Pam   Varni, Executive   Director, Legislative  Affairs Agency   stated  that at a previous                                     
Legislative Council  meeting  the Capitol Fire Escape  project was  approved.   The Agency                                      
went  out to bid for the project to replace existing handrails with  railing assemblies that                                    
meet  code  requirements,  install opaque  panels  under  grates and  stair treads, add new                                     
beams   and  columns   to stiffen the  existing structure and  replace  cracked  or  broken                                     
sprinkler pipe brackets.  The Agency   received two bids:  1) Triplette Constructions, Inc. -                                   
$333,382.00;  2) North  Pacific Erectors, Inc. - $290,512.00.  Senator Cowdery   moved  that                                    
the Legislative Council   approve  and award   the Capitol Fire Escape   upgrade  project to                                    
North Pacific Erectors, Inc. for $290,512.00.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
The motion was approved unanimously.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                              
5.      LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS AGENCY RECORDS POLICY REVISION                                                                    
                                                                                                                              
Pam  Varni, Executive  Director, Legislative Affairs Agency  presented  two amendments    to                                    
the Legislative Affairs Agency   Records  Policy.  Amendment     number  1  places language                                     
in the Records   Policy to recognize  the  current practice of making   phone   and address                                     
information  available on  a limited basis for business  purposes.  Amendment     number   2                                    
formalizes  the current practice of keeping  applications, employment    examinations,  and                                     
other assessment materials confidential.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Pam   Varni   made   a motion   to  amend   Amendment     #1  (a)  1. to  read  as  follows:                                    
"Appointing   authorities and supervisor's have  access  to this information for employees                                      
they supervise".                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Rokeberg   made   a motion   to amend   Amendment    #1  (a) 3.  to read  as                                    
follows:  "The   Executive  Director has  access to this information  and  may  release this                                    
information to other employees, Legislators, or with employees consent".                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Pam Varni withdrew her motion to discuss in favor of Representative Rokeberg's motion.                                          
                                                                                                                                
Discussion follows.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
YEAS:          Green, Kott, Murkowski, Rokeberg, Cowdery, Stevens, Torgerson                                                    
                                                                                                                                
NAYS:          Elton                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
ABSENT:        Ogan, Porter, Berkowitz, Donley, Halford, P. Kelly                                                               
                                                                                                                                
The motion failed 7-1.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Torgerson  made   a friendly amendment   to Representative  Rokeberg's   motion  to                                    
read as follows:  "The  Executive  Director has access to this information and  may  release                                    
this information to other employees,  Legislators, or in case of emergency   to the public if                                   
necessary".                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
YEAS:          Green, Kott, Murkowski, Rokeberg, Cowdery, Stevens, Torgerson, Elton                                             
                                                                                                                                
NAYS:          None                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
ABSENT:        Ogan, Porter, Berkowitz, Donley, Halford, P. Kelly                                                               
                                                                                                                                
The motion passed 8-0.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Council Chair Green took up Pam Varni's motion to amend Amendment #1 (a) 1.                                                     
                                                                                                                                
YEAS:          Green, Kott, Murkowski, Rokeberg, Cowdery, Stevens, Torgerson, Elton                                             
                                                                                                                                
NAYS:          None                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
ABSENT:        Ogan, Porter, Berkowitz, Donley, Halford, P. Kelly                                                               
                                                                                                                                
The motion passed 8-0.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
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Representative Rokeberg made a motion to amend amendment #2, Section II, 2 (d) 2                                                
                 st                                                                                                             
sentence of the 1 paragraph to include "after notices to the applicant".                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Discusion followed.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
YEAS:          Kott, Rokeberg, Cowdery, Stevens, Torgerson, Elton                                                               
                                                                                                                                
NAYS:          Green, Murkowski                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
ABSENT:        Berkowitz, Donley, Halford, P. Kelly, Ogan, Porter                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Motion failed 6 - 2.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Representative Green requested a vote on amendment number 2 as submitted.                                                       
                                                                                                                                
YEAS:          Green, Kott, Murkowski, Rokeberg, Cowdery, Stevens, Torgerson                                                    
                                                                                                                                
NAYS:          Elton                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
ABSENT:        Berkowitz, Donley, Halford, P. Kelly, Ogan, Porter                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Motion failed 7 - 1.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
6.      REP. CHENAULT LATE PER DIEM REQUEST                                                                                   
                                                                                                                              
Senator Torgerson requested that this item be taken up at the next Legislative Council                                          
meeting.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
7.      IT SUBCOMMITEE REPORT                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                              
Representative  Kott, IT Subcommittee    Chair gave  an Information  Technology   overview                                      
report to Legislative Council.  He  stated the Subcommittee   has been  an active group this                                    
year.  The IT Subcommittee    is the largest committee on record, meeting  each month  with                                     
a busy agenda.   Every  meeting  included a keynote  presentation highlighting some   aspect                                    
of  communication.     He  said  that they  formed   five work   teams,  have  surveyed  all                                    
Representatives  and  Senators, and have  addressed  the questions  and concerns  related to                                    
communication    and computers  and  the systems that support them  here in the Legislature.                                    
The  work  teams were  each  charged with  specific tasks.  They've reported back  to the IT                                    
Subcommittee with their progress, and their results.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Funds  are being  requested in the Capital  Budget  for IT Subcommittee    projects, such as                                    
the Constituent Management System.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
The meeting was adjourned at 6:50 p.m.                                                                                          

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