Legislature(1993 - 1994)
03/23/1993 09:03 AM Senate CRA
* first hearing in first committee of referral
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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 None COMMITTEE CALENDAR SENATE BILL NO. 156 "An Act amending the definition of `municipality' for purposes of the human services community matching grant program." 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 3/18/93. 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.