Legislature(1993 - 1994)

03/23/1993 09:03 AM Senate CRA

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          SENATE COMMUNITY & REGIONAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE                        
                         March 23, 1993                                        
                            9:03 a.m.                                          
  MEMBERS PRESENT                                                              
  Senator Randy Phillips, Chairman                                             
  Senator Robin Taylor, Vice Chairman                                          
  Senator Loren Leman                                                          
  Senator Al Adams                                                             
  Senator Fred Zharoff                                                         
  MEMBERS ABSENT                                                               
  COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                           
  SENATE BILL NO. 156                                                          
  "An  Act  amending  the  definition  of  `municipality'  for                 
  purposes  of  the  human services  community  matching grant                 
  SENATE BILL NO. 92                                                           
  "An  Act  relating  to  an  advisory  vote  during  regional                 
  educational  attendance  area  school board  elections;  and                 
  providing for an effective date."                                            
  PREVIOUS SENATE COMMITTEE ACTION                                             
  SB 156 - See Community & Regional Affairs minutes dated                      
  SB  92 - No previous action to record.                                       
  WITNESS REGISTER                                                             
  Senator Bert Sharp                                                           
  State Capitol                                                                
  Juneau, AK 99801-1182                                                        
  POSITION STATEMENT:  Prime Sponsor of SB 156                                 
  Senator Fred Zharoff                                                         
  State Capitol                                                                
  Juneau, AK 99801-1182                                                        
  POSITION STATEMENT:  Prime Sponsor of SB 92                                  
  Bob Weinstein, Superintendent                                                
  Southeast Island School District                                             
  P.O. Box 8340                                                                
  Ketchikan, AK 99901                                                          
  POSITION STATEMENT:  Supports SB 92                                          
  ACTION NARRATIVE                                                             
  TAPE 93-16, SIDE A                                                           
  Number 001                                                                   
  The Senate Community & Regional Affairs Committee was called                 
  to order by Chairman Randy Phillips at 9:03 a.m.                             
  SENATOR  RANDY  PHILLIPS  brought  SB  156  (HUMAN  SERVICES                 
  MATCHING GRANTS) before the committee.                                       
  Number 024                                                                   
  SENATOR ADAMS moved and asked  unanimous consent that SB 156                 
  be passed out of committee with  individual recommendations.                 
  Hearing no objection, it was so ordered.                                     
  Number 035                                                                   
  SENATOR  RANDY  PHILLIPS  introduced  SB 92  (REAA  ADVISORY                 
  VOTES) as the next order of business.                                        
  SENATOR FRED ZHAROFF, prime sponsor  of SB 92, explained the                 
  legislation will add  to statute the  ability for REAA's  to                 
  take an advisory vote on their election ballot.   Currently,                 
  there is  nothing  that  allows  them  to  put  an  advisory                 
  question on the ballot,  and they have to do  advisory votes                 
  in  each  of  the  communities.   One  school  district  has                 
  approximately 17 different schools, and each  advisory board                 
  would  have to  hold an  advisory ballot.   He said  this is                 
  unlike  the municipal  school  districts where  the  borough                 
  assembly can put an advisory question on a ballot.                           
  Senator Zharoff said this change  would affect approximately                 
  23  REAA's in  the state.    He added  that he  knows  of no                 
  opposition to the legislation.                                               
  Number 070                                                                   
  SENATOR ADAMS asked  if there was  enough lead time for  the                 
  printing of  the ballots.   SENATOR  ZHAROFF responded  that                 
  there was a proposed  amendment which says a  resolution has                 
  to be  in by the  first Friday  in August.   Current statute                 
  provides that it has to be postmarked by the first Friday in                 
  August and then it has to be received within five days.                      
  Number 134                                                                   
  BOB  WEINSTEIN,  Superintendent,  Southeast   Island  School                 
  District,  said  they are  the  REAA  for most  of  southern                 
  Southeast Alaska, and  their school  board is  on record  in                 
  favor  of SB 92 and  that they would  also be supportive the                 
  proposed amendment.  He said there currently is no mechanism                 
  for an REAA to  get an advisory opinion from  voters similar                 
  to the mechanism in municipalities  and the legislation will                 
  accomplish that.                                                             
  Number 160                                                                   
  SENATOR ADAMS moved that following amendment be adopted:                     
  AMENDMENT #1                                                                 
  Page  1,  line 8:   After  "ballot"  insert:   "A resolution                 
  described in this subsection must be filed with the division                 
  of elections on or before the first Friday of  August of the                 
  year in which the advisory question is required to be placed                 
  on the ballot."                                                              
  Hearing no  objection, the  Chair stated  the amendment  had                 
  been adopted.                                                                
  Number 168                                                                   
  SENATOR TAYLOR moved  and asked unanimous consent  that CSSB
  92  (CRA)  be  passed  out   of  committee  with  individual                 
  recommendations.  Hearing no objection, it was so ordered.                   
  There  being  no   further  business  to  come   before  the                 
  committee, the meeting was adjourned at 9:12 a.m.                            

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