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06/11/2021 04:00 PM CONFERENCE COMMITTEE ON HB69 AND HB71

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04:40:18 PM Start
05:16:16 PM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
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-- Delayed to 4:30 P.M. --
+= HB 69 APPROP: OPERATING BUDGET/LOANS/FUNDS TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+= HB 71 APPROP: MENTAL HEALTH BUDGET TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
Conference Committee Motion Sheets can be found
at:
http://www.legfin.akleg.gov/BudgetReports/LY2021
/Operating/SelectBudget.php
FY 22 Operating Budget:
Dept of Health and Social Services
Debt Service
Fund Capitalization
FY 21 Supplemental Operating Budget:
Dept of Environmental Conservation
Dept of Law
               32nd ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                    
                       FIRST SESSION                                                                                            
                      SPEICAL SESSION                                                                                           
           CONFERENCE COMMITTEE ON HB 69 and HB 71                                                                              
                       June 11, 2021                                                                                            
                         4:40 p.m.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
4:40:18 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CALL TO ORDER                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Chair Foster called the Conference Committee meeting on HB
69 and HB 71 to order at 4:40 p.m.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT:                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
House:                                                                                                                          
Representative Neal Foster, Chair                                                                                               
Representative Kelly Merrick                                                                                                    
Representative Bart LeBon (via teleconference)                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Senate:                                                                                                                         
Senator Bert Stedman, Vice-Chair                                                                                                
Senator Click Bishop                                                                                                            
Senator Donny Olson                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
None                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
ALSO PRESENT:                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Alexei Painter, Director, Legislative Finance Division;                                                                         
Kelly Cunningham, Analyst, 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.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
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."                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
4:41:02 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Chair  Foster  invited  Alexei   Painter,  Director  of  the                                                                    
Legislative Finance  Division to  join the committee  at the                                                                    
table. He noted that the  committee would be addressing open                                                                    
items  in  HB 69  and  HB  71  based  on the  motion  sheets                                                                    
distributed to members and dated June 11th (copy on file)                                                                       
on the departments of:                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     FY 22 OPERATING BUDGET:                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
     DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES                                                                                   
     DEBT SERVICE                                                                                                               
     FUND CAPITALIZATION                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     FY 21 SUPPLEMENTAL OPERATING BUDGET:                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION                                                                                   
     DEPARTMENT OF LAW                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
^FY 22 OPERATING BUDGET: DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL                                                                      
SERVICES                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
4:41:20 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Stedman MOVED to ADOPT the following items                                                                           
within the Department of Health and Social Services FY 22                                                                       
operating budget:                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     Item 1    Senate                                                                                                           
     Item 2    Senate                                                                                                           
     Item 3    House                                                                                                            
     Item 4    House                                                                                                            
     Item 5    House     Both Items                                                                                             
    Item 6    House     Modify, to one time increment.                                                                          
     Item 7    House     Both Items                                                                                             
     Item 8    House                                                                                                            
     Item 9    House                                                                                                            
     Item 10   Senate                                                                                                           
     Item 11   House                                                                                                            
     Item 12   House     Both Items                                                                                             
     Item 13   House     Both Items                                                                                             
     Item 14   Senate    Plus $206.4 thousand                                                                                   
     Item 15   House     Both Items                                                                                             
     Item 16   House     Modify, Fund Source Swap 1246                                                                          
                         Recidivism Fund to 1004 UGF                                                                            
     Item 17   House     Modify, to read "It is the intent                                                                      
               of the legislature that $3.4                                                                                     
               million of general funds, in                                                                                     
                         addition to the level of funding                                                                       
               allocated in FY 21 be used to                                                                                    
                         support Alaska Native Tribes and                                                                       
                         Tribal Organizations participating                                                                     
                         in the Alaska Tribal Child Welfare                                                                     
                 Compact and the Office of                                                                                      
                         Children's Services to provide the                                                                     
                         services outlined in the Compact."                                                                     
     Item 18   House                                                                                                            
     Item 19   House                                                                                                            
     Item 20   House                                                                                                            
     Item 21   House     All Items                                                                                              
     Item 22   Senate    Modify, plus $264.1 thousand fed.                                                                      
                         Plus $22.4 thousand UGF                                                                                
      Item 23   Senate    Modify, plus $57.7 thousand                                                                           
                         GF/Match                                                                                               
     Item 24   Senate    Modify, plus 3 positions plus                                                                          
                         $155.3 thousand UGF, plus $12.8                                                                        
                         thousand SDPR                                                                                          
     Item 25   Senate    Modify, plus 1 position. Plus                                                                          
                         $67.2 thousand                                                                                         
     Item 26   Senate                                                                                                           
     Item 27   House                                                                                                            
     Item 28   House                                                                                                            
     Item 29   Senate                                                                                                           
     Item 30   Senate    Modify, Plus 51 positions, plus                                                                        
                         $894.3 thousand Fed, plus $858.2                                                                       
                         thousand GF/Match                                                                                      
     Item 31   Senate    Both Items                                                                                             
     Item 32   Senate    Both Items                                                                                             
     Item 33   House                                                                                                            
     Item 34   Senate    Both Items                                                                                             
     Item 35   Open                                                                                                             
     Item 36   Open                                                                                                             
     Item 37   House                                                                                                            
     Item 38   Senate    Both Items                                                                                             
     Item 39   Senate    Both Items                                                                                             
      Item 40   Senate    Modify, plus $17.5 million                                                                            
                         GF/Match                                                                                               
     Item 41   Senate                                                                                                           
     Item 42   Open                                                                                                             
     Item 43   Open                                                                                                             
     Item 44   Open                                                                                                             
     Item 45   Open                                                                                                             
     Item 46   Open                                                                                                             
     Item 47   Open                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
4:45:54 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Representative LeBon OBJECTED for  discussion. He began with                                                                    
item  6, a  one-time  increment that  increased funding  for                                                                    
behavioral health  treatment and  recovery grants.  He asked                                                                    
which programs would receive the funding.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Chair Foster stated that the  governor's original budget had                                                                    
not  included  some of  the  funds.  He explained  that  the                                                                    
increase would return to a  flat funding level. He asked Mr.                                                                    
Painter to address the questions.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
4:47:08 PM                                                                                                                    
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:48:17 PM                                                                                                                    
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
ALEXEI  PAINTER,  DIRECTOR,   LEGISLATIVE  FINANCE  DIVISION                                                                    
responded  that  the  item  6   was  an  increase  over  the                                                                    
governor's  budget. He  explained  that  the item  partially                                                                    
restored a  $12 million decrease made  in 2020 to the  FY 21                                                                    
budget.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Representative   LeBon  was   curious  about   the  programs                                                                    
themselves.  He  asked  if the  increment  provided  general                                                                    
funding for a variety program recipients.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Painter  answered that  the behavioral  health treatment                                                                    
recovery  grants went  to  a wide  variety  of receipts.  He                                                                    
explained that  the increase did  not specify a  subclass of                                                                    
the recipients.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
4:49:28 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Representative LeBon  asked if  the funding  for item  7 was                                                                    
from a designated fund source.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Mr.  Painter answered  the designated  fund  source was  the                                                                    
alcohol and  other drug abuse treatment  and prevention fund                                                                    
funded by alcohol taxes. He  explained that the $500,000 was                                                                    
available because  of a reduction  in the House budget  as a                                                                    
result of  the elimination of  a grant in the  mental health                                                                    
budget. The  reduction freed up $500,000  in alcohol funding                                                                    
being used to offset UGF.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
4:50:25 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Representative  LeBon  asked  for  more detail  on  item  10                                                                    
related  to   hospital  funding   supporting  hospital-based                                                                    
mental  health care.  He wondered  where and  which programs                                                                    
the funding would go to.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
4:50:54 PM                                                                                                                    
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:53:22 PM                                                                                                                    
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Chair  Foster asked  LFD analyst  Kelly  Cunningham to  join                                                                    
members  at the  table. He  asked her  to speak  to item  10                                                                    
related to disproportionate share hospital funding.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
KELLY  CUNNINGHAM,  ANALYST, LEGISLATIVE  FINANCE  DIVISION,                                                                    
replied that  a $14  million three-year  multiyear increment                                                                    
that addressed  disproportionate share hospital  funding had                                                                    
expired in  2020. She explained that  disproportionate share                                                                    
hospital  funding  was  intended   to  cover  hospitals  for                                                                    
uncompensated  mental  health  care.  The  majority  of  the                                                                    
funding   for  Alaska   went  to   the  Alaska   Psychiatric                                                                    
Institute. Several other hospitals  could use the funding as                                                                    
well.  She elaborated  that the  increment added  $7 million                                                                    
divided in two $3.5 million  increments to pick up where the                                                                    
previous multiyear increment had left off.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Representative LeBon  appreciated the  additional background                                                                    
information. He moved  to items 18 through 20  and asked for                                                                    
additional information on  the depth of the  problem and the                                                                    
need for actions  to retain the employees  in the children's                                                                    
services area.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
4:55:36 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Cunningham answered  that the  overarching issue  was a                                                                    
retention  problem  in  the Office  of  Children's  Services                                                                    
(OCS) frontline  social workers. The division  had struggled                                                                    
to keep caseworkers  on for more than  two years; therefore,                                                                    
the department  and legislature had worked  to develop staff                                                                    
retention strategies.  The funding  was intended  to provide                                                                    
bonuses and a few other strategies to retain employees.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Representative  LeBon agreed  it was  a problem  that needed                                                                    
work to correct the situation. He  moved to items 22 and 23.                                                                    
He asked if the funding source had been moved to federal.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Chair Foster  clarified that the items  pertained to Circles                                                                    
of Support.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Cunningham believed the department  was reducing some of                                                                    
the funding  for the Circles  of Support items.  She relayed                                                                    
there  were three  allocations impacted  by  the grant.  She                                                                    
explained  that some  of the  elements of  the program  were                                                                    
working and some had not  been working as well. She detailed                                                                    
that  DHSS   was  reducing  two   of  the   allocations  and                                                                    
eliminating funding in one; however,  the department said it                                                                    
could  provide  the  services   through  another  grant  and                                                                    
providers would not be impacted.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Representative LeBon  asked if the grant  funding source was                                                                    
federal or state.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Cunningham  replied  that  the funding  was  a  mix  of                                                                    
federal and state.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Representative LeBon looked at  item 29 with intent language                                                                    
originating in the  House. He asked why  the intent language                                                                    
had been removed.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
4:58:25 PM                                                                                                                    
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
5:03:14 PM                                                                                                                    
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Chair  Foster  stated  his  understanding  that  the  intent                                                                    
language stated  it was the legislature's  intent to revisit                                                                    
long-term vacant  positions and explore changes  in response                                                                    
to technological efficiencies. He  explained that the intent                                                                    
language was  out of place  because it spoke to  things that                                                                    
were beyond  the FY 22  budget. The removal of  the language                                                                    
was an effort to keep the budget tight.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Representative LeBon thought  it seemed like a  good goal to                                                                    
do a  deeper dive  into vacant  positions. He  remarked that                                                                    
the legislature could remember the  goal for the next budget                                                                    
cycle and improve on the language.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Representative LeBon WITHDREW his  OBJECTION to items in the                                                                    
DHSS budget.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
5:04:37 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Olson looked  at item  16  related to  insufficient                                                                    
funding to cover $3.4 million.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Chair Foster  stated that  item 16  pertained to  the Alaska                                                                    
Tribal Child Welfare.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson  pointed to language  located on the  right of                                                                    
the motion  sheet specifying there was  insufficient funding                                                                    
in  the  Recidivism  Reduction  Fund  to  fully  cover  both                                                                    
increments.  He  asked  how   the  budget  would  cover  the                                                                    
funding.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Chair  Foster  stated  it was  his  understanding  the  fund                                                                    
source  would be  swapped to  UGF. He  asked Mr.  Painter to                                                                    
provide detail.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Mr.  Painter confirmed  that the  conference committee  item                                                                    
would  change the  fund source  to UGF  to resolve  the fund                                                                    
source issue with the previous fund source.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson asked for the reason.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Mr.  Painter   replied  that  the  House   and  Senate  both                                                                    
appropriated  the  same  funds for  different  purposes.  In                                                                    
resolving  the  differences  between the  two  budgets,  the                                                                    
conference committee had  to choose which one  would use the                                                                    
recidivism reduction  funds. He elaborated that  item 16 had                                                                    
been selected to use UGF funding.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson  WITHDREW his OBJECTION  to item 16.  He asked                                                                    
about items  37 [34] and 38  related to the transfer  of the                                                                    
chief medical officer from the  Division of Public Health to                                                                    
the Office  of the Commissioner.  He asked why  the position                                                                    
was being  transferred. He  remarked it  looked like  a cost                                                                    
increase.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Chair Foster replied  that the item took  a Senate position.                                                                    
He asked  Mr. Painter  to provide background  information on                                                                    
the item.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Painter clarified that the  two linked items were 34 and                                                                    
38. He explained that the  funding sources for the two items                                                                    
equaled each other.  He detailed that the  change was merely                                                                    
the transfer of  a position from one area  of the department                                                                    
to another.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Olson  asked  for  verification  that  the  medical                                                                    
doctor position was being transferred.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Mr.  Painter confirmed  the transfer  of  the chief  medical                                                                    
officer position.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
5:06:59 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson  assumed the medical  officer was in  favor of                                                                    
the transfer.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Painter  replied that he  could not speak to  Dr. Zink's                                                                    
preferences.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson WITHDREW his OBJECTION.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
There being NO further OBJECTION,  items 1 through 47 within                                                                    
the  Department   of  Health  and  Social   Services  FY  22                                                                    
operating budget were ADOPTED.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                              
^FY 22 OPERATING BUDGET: DEBT SERVICE                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
5:07:24 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Stedman  MOVED to ADOPT the  following within the                                                                    
Debt Service budget:                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     Item 1    Senate                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Representative  LeBon  OBJECTED  for discussion.  He  stated                                                                    
that the item  appeared to be authority to  pay debt service                                                                    
in  anticipation  that  revenue anticipation  notes  may  be                                                                    
issued in  the coming year. He  asked if he was  reading the                                                                    
item correctly.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Chair  Foster confirmed  that the  item was  with regard  to                                                                    
revenue   anticipation   notes.   He  explained   that   the                                                                    
Department of Revenue wanted another tool in its toolbox.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Representative  LeBon asked  why the  legislature would  not                                                                    
afford  the  department  with the  additional  tool  in  its                                                                    
toolbox.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Chair Foster shared that he  personally believed that if the                                                                    
department  identified a  clear and  compelling need  in the                                                                    
future, it could be taken up  by the legislature in the next                                                                    
session.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Stedman  added that the  issue was in  the Senate                                                                    
Finance Committee  and would  be looked  at during  the next                                                                    
session [in 2022].                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
5:09:29 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Representative  LeBon   asked  for  verification   that  the                                                                    
legislature  was  not  closing  the door  to  the  potential                                                                    
option  of  issuing  revenue   anticipation  notes  but  was                                                                    
awaiting the  process to play  out the following  session in                                                                    
regard to  the authority  to issue the  notes. He  stated he                                                                    
would  withdraw  the  objection  if  his  understanding  was                                                                    
accurate. He WITHDREW his OBJECTION.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
There being  NO further  OBJECTION, item  1 within  the Debt                                                                    
Service FY 22 operating budget was ADOPTED.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                              
^FY 22 OPERATING BUDGET: FUND CAPITALIZATION                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
5:10:05 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Stedman  MOVED to ADOPT the  following within the                                                                    
Fund Capitalization budget:                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     Item 1    Open                                                                                                             
     Item 9    Senate                                                                                                           
     Item 10   Senate                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Representative LeBon  OBJECTED for discussion. He  asked for                                                                    
further clarification on items 9  and 10. He stated that the                                                                    
House proposal  was to grant  federal receipt  authority for                                                                    
the  Alaska  Gasline   Development  Corporation  (AGDC).  He                                                                    
remarked   that  by   selecting  the   Senate  option,   the                                                                    
legislature was  not allowing the federal  receipt authority                                                                    
for AGDC. He asked for the accuracy of his statement.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Chair Foster agreed.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Representative  LeBon asked  why  the  legislature would  be                                                                    
opposed to granting federal receipt authority to AGDC.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair  Stedman answered  allowing  the federal  receipt                                                                    
authority was  not right  for the  moment. He  remarked that                                                                    
the state had  been waiting 40 years to build  a gasline and                                                                    
he did  not believe there would  be a problem with  that. He                                                                    
explained there  were numerous  interconnections in  the tax                                                                    
code and  other possible implications that  the state needed                                                                    
to be  fully aware of. He  noted some things may  need to be                                                                    
modified  before  the  state   brought  gas  to  market.  He                                                                    
believed [including] the issue  was premature. He stated the                                                                    
issue  would be  worked on  in the  future. He  believed the                                                                    
legislature  would  take  immediate   action  in  a  special                                                                    
session dealing  with the gasline  if a  legitimate proposal                                                                    
came forward.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
5:12:23 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Chair Foster  added that  based on  discussions he  had with                                                                    
individuals, if  there was money coming  toward the project,                                                                    
the legislature may  want to know what kind  of strings were                                                                    
attached and  what the conditions  were. He agreed  that the                                                                    
legislature  could  move  quickly  if  the  conditions  were                                                                    
favorable to the  state. He communicated the  desire to have                                                                    
a look at the deal prior to accepting any money.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Representative LeBon  observed that  there were two  ways of                                                                    
looking  at the  issue. One  way involved  being fearful  of                                                                    
strings that may be attached  with federal receipt authority                                                                    
and the other  way focused on sending a  message that Alaska                                                                    
was looking to move forward  on developing its resources. He                                                                    
looked at the  issue the latter way and  believed the budget                                                                    
item made  a statement  that Alaska  was looking  to develop                                                                    
its resources and the AK LNG  project was one of the ways to                                                                    
do so.  He encouraged sending  that type of  signal, whether                                                                    
it was in  the current budget or in the  near future through                                                                    
actions in the  House or Senate. He  stressed the importance                                                                    
of sending  the message that  Alaska was open  for business.                                                                    
He  stated  it  had  been  his hope  in  seeing  the  intent                                                                    
language remain in the budget.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
5:13:55 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Representative LeBon WITHDREW his OBJECTION.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
There  being NO  OBJECTION, items  1, 9,  and 10  within the                                                                    
Fund Capitalization FY 22 operating budget were ADOPTED.                                                                        
                                                                                                                              
Chair  Foster  moved to  items  in  the FY  21  supplemental                                                                    
budget.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
^FY  21  SUPPLEMENTAL  BUDGET: DEPARTMENT  OF  ENVIRONMENTAL                                                                  
CONSERVATION                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
5:14:17 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Stedman  MOVED to ADOPT the  following within the                                                                    
Department of Environmental  Conservation FY 21 supplemental                                                                    
budget:                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
     Item 2    House     Modify, to Read:                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
      "It  is  the  intent   of  the  legislature  that  the                                                                    
     Department   of   Environmental   Conservation   submit                                                                    
     recommendations on how to reduce  the cost of shellfish                                                                    
     testing for  both the  industry and  the State,  to the                                                                    
     Legislative Finance Division  and Finance Committee Co-                                                                    
     Chairs by December 1, 2021."                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
There being  NO OBJECTION, item  2 within the  Department of                                                                    
Environmental  Conservation FY  21  supplemental budget  was                                                                    
ADOPTED.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                              
^FY 21 SUPPLEMENTAL BUDGET: DEPARTMENT OF LAW                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
5:15:08 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Stedman  MOVED to ADOPT the  following within the                                                                    
Department of Law FY 21 supplemental budget:                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     Item 1    Senate    Modify, to read:                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     "It is the  intent of the legislature that  no funds be                                                                    
     used from  this appropriation for any  actions that may                                                                    
     erode existing  federal or state subsistence  rights or                                                                    
     any actions relating to the  interpretation of Janus v.                                                                    
     AFSCME."                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
There being  NO OBJECTION, item  1 within the  Department of                                                                    
Law FY 21 supplemental budget was ADOPTED.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Chair  Foster  indicated  the  committee  had  finished  the                                                                    
agenda for the day.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair  Stedman   MOVED  to  ADJOURN.  There   being  NO                                                                    
OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
5:16:16 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
The meeting was adjourned at 5:16 p.m.                                                                                          

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