Legislature(2021 - 2022)SENATE FINANCE 532

05/20/2021 12:00 PM CONFERENCE COMMITTEE ON HB69 AND HB71



Audio Topic
12:07:21 PM Start
12:19:55 PM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+ HB 69 APPROP: OPERATING BUDGET/LOANS/FUNDS TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+ HB 71 APPROP: MENTAL HEALTH BUDGET TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
Organizational Meeting
               32ND ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                    
                       FIRST SESSION                                                                                            
          CONFERENCE COMMITTEE ON HB 69 and HB 70                                                                               
                       May 20, 2021                                                                                             
                        12:07 p.m.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
12:07:21 PM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CALL TO ORDER                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Chair Foster called the Conference Committee meeting on HB
69 and HB 70 to order at 12:07 p.m.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT:                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
House:                                                                                                                          
Representative Neal Foster, Chair                                                                                               
Representative Kelly Merrick                                                                                                    
Representative Steve Thompson                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senate:                                                                                                                         
Senator Bert Stedman, Vice-Chair                                                                                                
Senator Click Bishop                                                                                                            
Senator Donny Olson                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
None                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
ALSO PRESENT:                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Alexei Painter, Director, Legislative Finance Division                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SUMMARY                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
HB 69     APPROP: OPERATING BUDGET/LOANS/FUNDS                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
          HB 69 was HEARD and HELD in committee for further                                                                     
          consideration.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
HB 71     APPROP: MENTAL HEALTH BUDGET                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
          HB 71 was HEARD and HELD in committee for further                                                                     
          consideration.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Chair Foster reviewed the agenda for the meeting.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 69(FIN) am(brf sup maj fld)(efd fld)                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     "An  Act making  appropriations for  the operating  and                                                                    
     loan  program  expenses  of state  government  and  for                                                                    
     certain   programs;    capitalizing   funds;   amending                                                                    
     appropriations;  and   making  capital  appropriations,                                                                    
    supplemental appropriations, and reappropriations."                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SCS CSHB 69(FIN) AM S                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
     "An  Act making  appropriations for  the operating  and                                                                    
     loan  program  expenses  of state  government  and  for                                                                    
     certain   programs;    capitalizing   funds;   amending                                                                    
     appropriations;    making    capital    appropriations,                                                                    
     supplemental appropriations,  and reappropriations; and                                                                    
     providing for an effective date."                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
and                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 71(FIN) am                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     "An  Act making  appropriations for  the operating  and                                                                    
     capital    expenses   of    the   state's    integrated                                                                    
     comprehensive    mental    health    program;    making                                                                    
     supplemental  appropriations;  and   providing  for  an                                                                    
     effective date."                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
SENATE CS FOR CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 71(FIN)                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     "An  Act making  appropriations for  the operating  and                                                                    
     capital    expenses   of    the   state's    integrated                                                                    
     comprehensive  mental  health program;  making  capital                                                                    
     appropriations  and  supplemental  appropriations;  and                                                                    
     providing for an effective date."                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
12:08:08 PM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator Stedman MOVED that Representative Foster serve as                                                                       
the presiding chair of the  FY 22 Conference Committee on HB
69 and HB 71. There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
12:08:30 PM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Chair Foster MOVED that Senator  Stedman serve as Vice-Chair                                                                    
of the FY 22 Conference Committee  on HB 69 and HB 71. There                                                                    
being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Chair   Foster  reviewed   procedures   pertaining  to   the                                                                    
conference  committee.  He noted  that  both  the House  and                                                                    
Senate  budget process  allowed for  public testimony.  That                                                                    
portion  of  the  process   was  concluded;  the  conference                                                                    
committee would not accept  further public testimony. Unless                                                                    
invited  by  the  Chair,  only  members  of  the  conference                                                                    
committee  would take  part  in discussions  or  sit at  the                                                                    
table.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Chair Foster observed that  the Legislative Finance Division                                                                    
had been directed to prepare  the "motion sheets" for use by                                                                    
the conference  committee. The motion sheets  summarized the                                                                    
differences  between the  two versions  of the  bills before                                                                    
the conference  committee, were  located on  the Legislative                                                                    
Finance Division's website, and  would be updated after each                                                                    
meeting.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Chair Foster  explained that the conference  committee would                                                                    
operate  under  Uniform  Rule  42.  All  action  required  a                                                                    
majority  vote  from  each  body for  adoption.  A  copy  of                                                                    
Uniform Rule 42 and related  legal opinions were provided in                                                                    
each member's packet.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
12:09:59 PM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair  Stedman   MOVED  that  all   appropriations  and                                                                    
language in the  FY 22 operating budget  that were identical                                                                    
in House and Senate versions of  HB 69 and HB 71 be adopted.                                                                    
There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Chair Foster observed that the  committee would need limited                                                                    
powers  to  reach  agreements.  He  requested  a  motion  to                                                                    
request  "limited   powers"  for  budget  items   for  which                                                                    
differences exist.  He relayed  he had distributed  a letter                                                                    
for  dated May  20, 2021  addressed  to the  Speaker of  the                                                                    
House and  the Senate  President. Under limited  powers, the                                                                    
Conference  Committee could  adopt any  amount between  zero                                                                    
and the higher  of the House or Senate version  of each item                                                                    
subject to conference.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
12:10:49 PM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair  Stedman  MOVED  to  ADOPT  a  letter  requesting                                                                    
limited  powers of  free conference  for  budget items  that                                                                    
were  not identical.  There being  NO OBJECTION,  it was  so                                                                    
ordered.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
12:11:10 PM                                                                                                                   
At EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
12:18:28 PM                                                                                                                   
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Chair  Foster  clarified  that  the  motion  that  was  made                                                                    
previously applied to the FY  22 budget, and there were also                                                                    
some FY  21 budget  items. Therefore,  he would  entertain a                                                                    
second motion.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
12:18:52 PM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair  Stedman   MOVED  that  all   appropriations  and                                                                    
language that  were identical in  House and  Senate versions                                                                    
of HB 69 and HB 71  be adopted. There being NO OBJECTION, it                                                                    
was so ordered.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
12:19:21 PM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Chair Foster relayed that the  committee would be meeting to                                                                    
act on the  operating budget bills once  limited powers were                                                                    
received. The conference committee  meetings would be posted                                                                    
on BASIS under the 24-hour rule.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
HB  69  was   HEARD  and  HELD  in   committee  for  further                                                                    
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
HB  71  was   HEARD  and  HELD  in   committee  for  further                                                                    
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair  Stedman  MOVED  to ADJOURN  the  meeting.  There                                                                    
being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
12:19:55 PM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
The meeting was adjourned at 12:19 p.m.                                                                                         

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