Legislature(1999 - 2000)

04/19/2000 09:21 AM FIN

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                 SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE                                                                                     
                      April 19, 2000                                                                                          
                         9:21 A.M.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
TAPES                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SFC-00 # 99, Side A and Side B                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
CALL TO ORDER                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair   John   Torgerson    convened   the   meeting   at                                                                    
approximately 9:21 A.M.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
PRESENT  Co-Chair  John  Torgerson, Co-Chair  Sean  Parnell,                                                                
Senator Al Adams, Senator Loren  Leman, Senator Gary Wilken,                                                                    
Senator  Leman, Senator  Donley,  Senator Phillips,  Senator                                                                    
Green.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Also Attending:  SENATOR HALFORD; REPRESENTATIVE  CON BUNDE;                                                                  
REPRESENATIVE   NORMAN  ROKEBERG;   PATTI  SWENSON,   Staff,                                                                    
Representative  Bunde;  DAN  EASTON, Director,  Division  of                                                                    
Facility   Construction    &   Operation,    Department   of                                                                    
Environmental Conservation.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Attending  via  Teleconference:  OCIE  ADAMS,  Matsu;  VALEN                                                                  
BAIR,  Matsu; BILL  GREEN,  Anchorage;  ANDY WARWICK,  Clean                                                                    
Water Fund/Drinking Water  Fund, Department of Environmental                                                                    
Conservation,  Fairbanks;   MIKE  BURNS,   Program  Manager,                                                                    
Municipal    Matching   Grants,    Division   of    Facility                                                                    
Construction  &   Operation,  Department   of  Environmental                                                                    
Conservation, Anchorage.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SUMMARY INFORMATION                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SB 308-MARINE PASSENGER VESSELS                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SB 308 was SCHEDULED but not HEARD.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
HB 133-SERVICE AREAS: VOTER APPROVAL/TAX ZONES                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SCS CS  HB 133 (CRA)  was reported  out of Committee  with a                                                                    
"do   pass"  recommendation   and  with   fiscal  notes   by                                                                    
Department of  Community and Regional Affairs  dated 3/31/00                                                                    
and  Department of  Community &  Economic Development  dated                                                                    
3/7/00.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
HB 211-HEALTH CARE INSURANCE: MANAGED CARE PLANS                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SCS CS  HB 211 (FIN)  was reported  out of Committee  with a                                                                    
"no  recommendation"   and  with   a  fiscal  note   by  the                                                                    
Department  of   Community  &  Economic   Development  dated                                                                    
3/07/00.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
HB 304-CLEAN WATER FUND/DRINKING WATER FUND                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SCS  CS HB  304 (FIN)  was  reported out  of Committee  with                                                                    
"individual  recommendations"  and   with  fiscal  notes  by                                                                    
Department of  Environmental Conservation dated  4/10/00 and                                                                    
Department of Revenue dated 12/22/99.                                                                                           
     SENATE CS FOR CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 133(CRA) am S                                                                          
     "An Act relating to municipal service areas and                                                                            
     providing for voter approval of the formation,                                                                             
     alteration, or abolishment of certain service areas."                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE CON  BUNDE stated that  Alaska's Constitution                                                                    
provides  for  maximum  local self-government  and  for  the                                                                    
creation,  alteration,  or   abolishment  of  service  areas                                                                    
subject to  the provisions of law.   He pointed out  that at                                                                    
present time,  Alaska has  approximately 200  service areas.                                                                    
In  those  areas, the  local  residents  are responsible  to                                                                    
assess themselves  to pay for  particular services,  such as                                                                    
snow plowing and road maintenance.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
HB 133 would amend AS.29.35.450  to support local control by                                                                    
clearly identifying  who should vote on  the abolishment and                                                                    
alteration of a service area under three scenarios:                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     ·    Abolishment of a service area and subject to                                                                          
          approval by  the majority  of the  voters residing                                                                    
          in that service area.                                                                                                 
     ·    Abolishment and replacement of a service area.                                                                        
          That  action must  be approved  by  a majority  of                                                                    
          voters inside  an existing service  area and  by a                                                                    
          majority of  the voters  residing in  the proposed                                                                    
          service  area  but  outside the  existing  service                                                                    
          area.                                                                                                                 
     ·    Alteration of a service area or combining it with                                                                     
          another  service  area.     That  action  must  be                                                                    
          approved, separately, by a  majority of the voters                                                                    
          who vote  on the question  and who reside  in each                                                                    
          of  the service  areas  or in  a proposed  service                                                                    
          area affected by the proposal.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Representative Bunde  advised that the  proposed legislation                                                                    
would determine a long time  debate about who is entitled to                                                                    
vote  during the  creation, alteration  or abolishment  of a                                                                    
service area.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator Phillips  asked the changes  which were made  in the                                                                    
Senate Community and Regional Affairs (CRA) version.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Representative Bunde  replied that the changes  were to fire                                                                    
service concerns.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
PATTI  SWENSON,  Staff,  Representative Bunde,  pointed  out                                                                    
that  version  "G"   was  the  one  submitted   by  the  CRA                                                                    
Committee.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Torgerson referenced  Page 2,  Subsection (d)  and                                                                    
asked who it would affect.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Swenson  responded  that  both  the  Kenai  and  Mat-Su                                                                    
Boroughs would be affected.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
                              st                                                                                                
Co-Chair Torgerson asked why 1   Class city populations were                                                                    
                                           nd                                                                                   
included, when the reference was given to 2 Class cities.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Swenson  explained  that the  population  numbers  were                                                                    
indicated  on  the   web  and  are  the   numbers  that  the                                                                    
legislation  was based  upon in  working  with Tamara  Cook,                                                                    
Legislative Legal Counsel.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
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Co-Chair Torgerson asked if it was the intent  to include 1                                                                     
Class cities in the population trigger.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Swenson  advised that  only the  Kenai Borough  had been                                                                    
included, not all of the  greater Kenai area.  She mentioned                                                                    
that  there  had been  discussion  with  Tam Cook  regarding                                                                    
special  and  mobile legislation.    She  believed that  the                                                                    
                    nd                                                                                                          
populations in the 2 Class Boroughs would fit.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Torgerson noted  his  concern  with service  areas                                                                    
"gobbling up"  any land that they  want, as long as  they do                                                                    
not increase their area by more  than 10%.  He stressed such                                                                    
an action could occur without a vote.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Bunde replied  that  could apply  only to  a                                                                    
fire service area.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Following a  brief at-ease, Co-Chair Torgerson  admitted his                                                                    
confusion  with the  language on  Page 2,  Lines 19-22.   He                                                                    
advised that it had been explained to his satisfaction.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
OCIE ADAMS, (Testified via  Teleconference), Matsu, spoke in                                                                    
support of the legislation.   He voiced his appreciation for                                                                    
the thought and energy that went into it.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
VALEN  BAIR, (Testified  via  Teleconference), Matsu,  noted                                                                    
support for the proposed legislation.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
BILL  GREEN,  (Testified   via  Teleconference),  Anchorage,                                                                    
testified  that  the  Anchorage  Charter  provides  that  no                                                                    
changes  can   be  made  to  service   areas  without  voter                                                                    
approval.  HB 133 reduces  the maximum local self government                                                                    
dictated  by   the  Constitution  and   repeals  significant                                                                    
portions  of the  Anchorage voter  approved  charter in  the                                                                    
process.   He noted that  it would restrict the  "home rule"                                                                    
                                                    nd                                                                          
and in  the process and would  make exceptions for 2   Class                                                                    
Boroughs.   That would make  it inconsistent with  the State                                                                    
Constitution.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
The proposed legislation would take  away the voters ability                                                                    
in Anchorage to  govern themselves.  He noted  that the bill                                                                    
was not  limited to road  service areas which are  unique to                                                                    
Anchorage.   The charter would  prohibit the  development of                                                                    
new  subdivisions where  an owner  might want  to join.   He                                                                    
emphasized that  the bill  was submitted  at the  request of                                                                    
the Fairbanks  Borough and could  substantially disadvantage                                                                    
                                                           nd                                                                   
Anchorage's  economy while  at the  same  time exempting  2                                                                     
Class Boroughs.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Bunde responded  that there  are fifty-three                                                                    
limitations  to the  "home rule"  power at  this point.   He                                                                    
commented  that the  legislation  would  guarantee that  the                                                                    
local residents maintain their rights.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Parnell MOVED  to report SCS CS HB  133(CRA) out of                                                                    
Committee  with  individual  recommendations  and  with  the                                                                    
accompanying  fiscal notes.   There  being NO  OBJECTION, it                                                                    
was so ordered.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SCS CS  HB 133 (CRA)  was reported  out of Committee  with a                                                                    
"do   pass"  recommendation   and  with   fiscal  notes   by                                                                    
Department of  Community and Regional Affairs  dated 3/31/00                                                                    
and  Department of  Community &  Economic Development  dated                                                                    
3/7/00.                                                                                                                         
    COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 211(FIN) am                                                                         
     "An  Act   relating  to  regulation  of   managed  care                                                                    
     insurance  plans; amending  Rule 602,  Alaska Rules  of                                                                    
     Appellate  Procedure; and  providing  for an  effective                                                                    
     date."                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE ROKEBERG stated  that patients need assurance                                                                    
that  the  quality   of  their  health  care   will  not  be                                                                    
compromised  as managed  care expands.   He  noted that  the                                                                    
legislation would  provide a  reasonable standard  of health                                                                    
care.    It  would   establish  requirements  for  contracts                                                                    
between  managed   care  entitles  and  their   health  care                                                                    
providers,  patients and  their  group  managed care  plans,                                                                    
health  care insurers  and their  insured and  would provide                                                                    
patients with the following:                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     ·    Access to emergency room services;                                                                                    
     ·    Availability  of  medical   services  or  adequate                                                                    
          referral options;                                                                                                     
     ·    Full disclosure of treatment options;                                                                                 
     ·    Choice   of  health   care  providers,   including                                                                    
          specialists;                                                                                                          
     ·    Clear descriptions of  covered items and services,                                                                    
          benefits,   procedures,    compensation   methods,                                                                    
          availability  (and   exclusions)  of  prescription                                                                    
          medications  and the  availability of  translation                                                                    
          or interpreter services;                                                                                              
     ·    A point of service plan option;                                                                                       
     ·    Follow-through of pre-approved payment;                                                                               
     ·    Quick utilization review decisions;                                                                                   
     ·    Opportunity  for  appeals  of  utilization  review                                                                    
          decisions;                                                                                                            
     ·    Added  protection   from  denial,   reduction;  or                                                                    
          termination of payment for health care services.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
In  addition,   the  legislation   will  give   health  care                                                                    
providers  the freedom  to share  all testing  and treatment                                                                    
options  with their  patients, and  would let  them advocate                                                                    
for their  patients without the  risk of being  penalized or                                                                    
terminated by  the managed care  entity they  contract with.                                                                    
The  bill  would  prohibit contracts  between  managed  care                                                                    
entities   and   health   care  providers   from   financial                                                                    
incentives  for providers  to  withhold medically  necessary                                                                    
services.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Representative Rokeberg  stressed that HB 211  was necessary                                                                    
to ensure  continued quality  health care in  the face  of a                                                                    
growing  managed care  industry.   He urged  the Committee's                                                                    
support of the legislation.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Torgerson commented  that Representative  Rokeberg                                                                    
had  requested   that  Amendment  #1,   1-LS0472/X.1,  Ford,                                                                    
4/15/00, not be offered at this time.  [Copy on File].                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Parnell MOVED  to adopt  Amendment #2.   [Copy  on                                                                    
File].                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Representative Rokeberg  explained the amendment.   He noted                                                                    
that  the  first portion  of  the  amendment was  technical.                                                                    
Subsection © clarifies concerns  voiced by Legislative Legal                                                                    
and  would  make the  language  more  understandable to  the                                                                    
average person.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Parnell  noted  an important  limitation  allowing                                                                    
persons to  communicate privately for the  purpose of health                                                                    
care services.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
There being NO OBJECTION, Amendment #2 was adopted.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Senator Green  indicated a "conflict  of interest"  with the                                                                    
legislation because she has  associations with the insurance                                                                    
industry.     She  referenced  the  definition   of  medical                                                                    
necessity and  asked if there  was a  distingushment between                                                                    
medical necessity and medical treatment.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Representative Rokeberg  acknowledged that concern  has been                                                                    
debated.  He stated, sometimes  it is better to "not" define                                                                    
something for  matters of  flexibility.   The bill  will let                                                                    
common law define medical necessity.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Green  asked  if  there was  any  language  in  the                                                                    
legislation which might rewrite the tort reform bill.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Rokeberg replied  the liability  section was                                                                    
different, creating a  "new cause of action".   He noted the                                                                    
concern had  been substantially worked, keeping  in mind the                                                                    
State Constitution private situation.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Senator Adams  MOVED to report  SCS COMMITTEE  SUBSTITUTE HB
211 (FIN)  out of Committee with  individual recommendations                                                                    
and  with the  accompanying  fiscal note.    There being  NO                                                                    
OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SCS COMMITTEE  SUBSTITUTE HB 211  (FIN) was reported  out of                                                                    
Committee with a "no recommendation"  and with a fiscal note                                                                    
by the Department of Community  & Economic Development dated                                                                    
3/07/00.                                                                                                                        
     SENATE CS FOR CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 304(RES)                                                                               
     "An Act relating to issuance  and sale of revenue bonds                                                                    
     to fund  drinking water projects,  to the  Alaska clean                                                                    
     water  fund,  to  creation of  an  Alaska  clean  water                                                                    
     administrative  fund  and   an  Alaska  drinking  water                                                                    
     administrative  fund,   to  fees   to  be   charged  in                                                                    
     connection with loans made from  the Alaska clean water                                                                    
     fund  and  the  Alaska  drinking  water  fund,  and  to                                                                    
     clarification of the character  and permissible uses of                                                                    
     the  Alaska  drinking  water  fund;  amending  Rule  3,                                                                    
     Alaska Rules  of Civil Procedure; and  providing for an                                                                    
     effective date."                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
DAN EASTON,  Director, Division  of Facility  Construction &                                                                    
Operation,   Department   of   Environmental   Conservation,                                                                    
explained  that  HB  304 addresses  the  low  interest  loan                                                                    
program.  Low interest State  loans from the Alaska Drinking                                                                    
Water   Fund  and   the  Alaska   Clean  Water   Fund  offer                                                                    
municipalities the means to build  drinking water and sewage                                                                    
facility projects.   The bill  would allow the State  to use                                                                    
revenue bonds to capitalize the Alaska Drinking Water Fund.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
He continued, both the Drinking  Water and Clean Water funds                                                                    
are capitalized by annual federal  grants that require a 20%                                                                    
State  match.   Bond revenues  will help  provide the  State                                                                    
match for  federal drinking water  project money.   However,                                                                    
the State  is only  authorized to sell  bonds for  the Clean                                                                    
Water Fund.   It would  make sense to extend  the leveraging                                                                    
power to the Drinking Water Fund.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
As with existing law, the  bill would require the State Bond                                                                    
Committee to  conduct its activities  in the  best interests                                                                    
of the  State, in  a manner that  would accomplish  the most                                                                    
advantageous  sale  of the  bonds.    The legislation  would                                                                    
provide for a new, self-supporting  structure to pay for the                                                                    
costs of operating these important loan programs.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Easton  advised that  the bill had  been amended  in the                                                                    
Senate  Resources  Committee  to  stipulate  how  to  charge                                                                    
interest to private and public utilities.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Torgerson  asked if  the Department  was supportive                                                                    
of the amendment adopted in the Senate Resources Committee.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Easton replied that the  Department could administer the                                                                    
bill  either way.   It  becomes  a question  of whether  the                                                                    
State  wants   to  "level  the  playing   field"  between  a                                                                    
privately  owned utility  and  the  public owned  utilities.                                                                    
The amendment does not address  that concern.  He noted that                                                                    
the agency does not have a position on the amendment.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Senator P.  Kelly suggested that the  private utility owners                                                                    
would have to  pay the higher costs, which would  need to be                                                                    
passed  on to  the customer.   He  recommended deleting  the                                                                    
previous adopted amendment.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Adams   asked  if  that   language  was   the  only                                                                    
difference  between  the  two   versions.    He  recommended                                                                    
adopting the previous version of the bill.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Easton   stated that was the only change  from the House                                                                    
version.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
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Senator Green questioned  if there would be  an advantage to                                                                    
privately owned, publicly regulated utilities.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Senator P.  Kelly noted that the  Senate Resources Committee                                                                    
version was  attempting to  address information  proposed by                                                                    
the State  Bond Council.   Whether private or  public, there                                                                    
would be  no accrual;  costs can not  accrue to  the utility                                                                    
owner.   The  costs  will be  passed on.    The only  people                                                                    
affected  would  be the  ratepayers.    He agreed  that  the                                                                    
playing field would not be leveled between utility owners.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Leman commented  that if  the State  allows private                                                                    
utilities to borrow at similar  rates as the municipalities,                                                                    
they could make  less money available for others  needs.  He                                                                    
asked if that would be a danger.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Easton  replied that the  funds have  done well.   It is                                                                    
expected that they  will continue to grow  and that "sharing                                                                    
the pie" would not be a problem.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Green  addressed   the  investment,  borrowing  and                                                                    
funding choices and how that would affect the whole.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Senator  P.   Kelly  mentioned  that  the   party  with  the                                                                    
advantage or  disadvantage would be  the ratepayer.   It has                                                                    
been  clarified  that the  utility  owner  does not  receive                                                                    
either the advantage or the disadvantage accrued.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Leman  stated  that  any   utility  would  want  an                                                                    
"advantage" in order to keep  their customers satisfied.  It                                                                    
would be  to their advantage  to finance less  costly money.                                                                    
He  reiterated  that  the  utilities  should  have  a  level                                                                    
playing field in the State of Alaska.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Senator P. Kelly MOVED a  conceptual Amendment #1 to the "M"                                                                    
version  of  the legislation,  Page  7,  Lines 21-22.    The                                                                    
language  would  delete  the  underlined  words  and  insert                                                                    
"interest  rates  for  each  class  of  borrowers  shall  be                                                                    
established as the  same percentage of market  rate index as                                                                    
appropriate  to that  class of  borrowers".   He noted  that                                                                    
language would need  to be changed on Page  11, Lines 10-11,                                                                    
following "fund".                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Green OBJECTED.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Senator Phillips asked the concern.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Senator P.  Kelly replied  that the  issue is  that language                                                                    
would   provide  higher   rates  of   interest  to   private                                                                    
regulating utilities.   All those  rates would be  passed on                                                                    
to customers.   He believed that the  revised language would                                                                    
level the playing field.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Senator Phillips asked if the  loan program was available to                                                                    
both the private and the public utility companies.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Senator P. Kelly replied it was.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  HALFORD explained  that the  language would  open a                                                                    
new  program  to  private  utilities.   He  noted  that  the                                                                    
concern is  that private utilities  reduce the  total amount                                                                    
money available for the public  utilities.  Opening to a new                                                                    
class would not  be a beneficial action.   Private utilities                                                                    
save under  the version  of the  bill before  the Committee,                                                                    
whereas, the amendment could jeopardize that fund.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Senator P. Kelly  pointed out that Mr.  Easton had indicated                                                                    
that would not be an issue.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Wilken   declared  a   conflict  of   interest  and                                                                    
requested to abstain from voting.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Leman OBJECTED.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Torgerson  noted  that Senator  Wilken's  conflict                                                                    
would be indicated in the record.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
A roll call vote was taken  on the motion to adopt Amendment                                                                    
#1.                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
IN FAVOR:      Wilken, P. Kelly, Leman, Adams, Torgerson                                                                        
OPPOSED:       Green, Phillips                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Senator Donley abstained from voting.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Senator Parnell was not present for the vote.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
The MOTION PASSED (5-2).                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Leman referenced  Page 8,  noting that  on Line  8,                                                                    
"waste water" should instead be "wastewater".                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
ANDY  WARWICK, (Testified  via Teleconference),  Clean Water                                                                    
Fund/Drinking  Water   Fund,  Department   of  Environmental                                                                    
Conservation, Fairbanks, offered to  answer questions of the                                                                    
Committee.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MIKE   BURNS,   (Testified  via   Teleconference),   Program                                                                    
Manager,  Municipal Matching  Grants,  Division of  Facility                                                                    
Construction  &   Operation,  Department   of  Environmental                                                                    
Conservation,  Anchorage,  voiced appreciation  for  actions                                                                    
that  the Committee  had  taken. He  offered  to answer  any                                                                    
questions of the Committee.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Senator Leman  MOVED to report  SCS CS  HB 304 (FIN)  out of                                                                    
Committee  with  individual  recommendations  and  with  the                                                                    
accompanying  fiscal notes.   There  being NO  OBJECTION, it                                                                    
was so ordered.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SCS  CS HB  304 (FIN)  was  reported out  of Committee  with                                                                    
"individual  recommendations"  and   with  fiscal  notes  by                                                                    
Department of  Environmental Conservation dated  4/10/00 and                                                                    
Department of Revenue dated 12/22/99.                                                                                           
     SENATE BILL NO. 308                                                                                                        
     "An Act relating to certain passenger vessels                                                                              
     operating in the marine waters of the state."                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair advised that SB 308 had been SCHEDULED but would                                                                       
not be HEARD.  The bill was rescheduled.                                                                                        
ADJOURNED                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator Torgerson adjourned the meeting at 10:42 am.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                

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