Legislature(1993 - 1994)

05/05/1993 05:40 PM Senate RLS

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                     SENATE RULES COMMITTEE                                    
                           May 5, 1993                                         
                            5:40 p.m.                                          
  MEMBERS PRESENT                                                              
  Senator George Jacko, Chairman                                               
  Senator Steve Rieger, Vice Chairman                                          
  Senator Rick Halford                                                         
  Senator Suzanne Little                                                       
  MEMBERS ABSENT                                                               
  Senator Fred Zharoff                                                         
  COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                           
  CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 264(FIN)                                               
  "An  Act levying  and providing  for the  collection of  and                 
  disposition of the  proceeds of  a fishery resource  landing                 
  tax; and providing for an effective date."                                   
  CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 275(FIN) am                                            
  "An Act relating  to the Alaska Seafood  Marketing Institute                 
  and  a salmon marketing tax; and  providing for an effective                 
  CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 158(L&C)                                               
  "An Act making appropriations for contract  settlement costs                 
  and cost-of-living adjustments for  public employees who are                 
  members  of   certain  collective   bargaining  units;   and                 
  providing for an effective date."                                            
  HOUSE BILL NO. 209                                                           
  "An Act relating to community health aide grants."                           
  SENATE BILL NO. 124                                                          
  "An Act relating  to the powers  and finances of the  Alaska                 
  Energy Authority; and providing for an effective date."                      
  HOUSE BILL NO. 283                                                           
  "An Act extending the termination date of the State Board of                 
  Registration for Architects, Engineers, and Land  Surveyors;                 
  and providing for an effective date."                                        
  HOUSE BILL NO. 284                                                           
  "An Act extending the termination date of the State Physical                 
  Therapy and Occupational Therapy Board; and providing for an                 
  effective date."                                                             
  HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 20                                           
  Establishing a task force on schools on military bases.                      
  -- APPROVAL OF LAN HARDWARE & SOFTWARE FOR SENATE                            
  PREVIOUS SENATE COMMITTEE ACTION                                             
  HB 264 - Finance report 5/5/93.                                              
  HB 275 - Finance report 5/5/93.                                              
  HB 158 - See  Labor & Commerce minutes dated 4/22/93 and                     
           4/27/93.  Finance report 5/1/93.                                    
  SB 124 - See Labor & Commerce minutes dated 3/18/93.                         
           Finance report 5/5/93.                                              
  HB 283 - See Rules minutes dated 4/29/93.                                    
  HB 284 - See Rules minutes dated 4/29/93.                                    
  HCR 20 - See Rules minutes dated 4/29/93.                                    
  ACTION NARRATIVE                                                             
  TAPE 93-7, SIDE A                                                            
  Number 001                                                                   
  The Senate  Rules Committee was called to  order by Chairman                 
  Jacko at 5:40 p.m.                                                           
  SENATOR JACKO outlined the committee  agenda, noting that HB
  283, HB 284  and HCR 20  would require a rescinding  motion.                 
  The   three  pieces   of  legislation   were  approved   for                 
  calendaring  by the committee  on April 29,  1993.  However,                 
  because  the  Rules  Committee  was  the only  committee  of                 
  referral for HB 283 and HB 284  and HCR 20 was waived by the                 
  Health,  Education  & Social  Services Committee,  the three                 
  measures will require  substantiative hearings before  being                 
  approved for calendaring.                                                    
  Number 015                                                                   
  SENATOR HALFORD moved  and asked unanimous consent  that the                 
  following bills be  approved for calendaring at  the Chair's                 
  CSHB 264(FIN) (FISHERY RESOURCE LANDING TAX)                                 
  CSHB 158(L&C) (APPROP: CONTRACT SETTLEMENT COSTS)                            
  HB 209 (COMMUNITY HEALTH AIDE GRANTS)                                        
  SB 124 (ALASKA ENERGY AUTH POWERS & FINANCES)                                
  SENATOR LITTLE objected to the calendaring motion on all  of                 
  the bills.   The roll was  taken with the following  result:                 
  Senators Jacko, Halford  and Rieger voted "Yea"  and Senator                 
  Little  voted  "Nay."    The  Chair stated  the  motion  had                 
  Number 025                                                                   
  SENATOR HALFORD moved  and asked unanimous consent  that the                 
  Rules Committee rescind its previous action in approving for                 
  calendaring the following bills:                                             
  HB 283 (BOARD OF ARCH/ENGINEERS/SURVEYORS EXT.)                              
  HB 284 (PHYSICAL/OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY BOARDS EXT.)                           
  HCR 20 (MILITARY SCHOOL TASK FORCE)                                          
  Hearing  no  objection,  the  Chair  stated the  motion  had                 
  Number 025                                                                   
  SENATOR JACKO stated the final  item on agenda was budgetary                 
  matters  consisting of a  request for $9,750  to upgrade the                 
  computers in  Senate Records; a request for  $19,485 for LAN                 
  hardware and  software for  the Senate;  and  a request  for                 
  approximately $40,000 to  purchase leased Senate telephones.                 
  Approval by the  Rules Committee  is necessary because  each                 
  request exceeds the $5,000 limit under the Procurement Code.                 
  Number 035                                                                   
  LARRY STEVENS, staff  to Senator  Jacko, explained that  the                 
  upgrade for Senate Records would bring the equipment in that                 
  office up to  a level that's compatible with what  is in use                 
  by the  Senate Secretary's  Office and  House Chief  Clerk's                 
  Office.  Those  two offices were  upgraded last year   at  a                 
  cost  of approximately $28,000.  The  cost to upgrade Senate                 
  Records, which has five work stations, would be $9,750.                      
  Number 048                                                                   
  SENATOR HALFORD moved  that the Rules Committee  approve the                 
  three pending  expenditure requests:  $9,750 to  upgrade the                 
  computers in Senate  Records; $19,485  for LAN hardware  and                 
  software;  and  the  purchase  of   the  leased  telephones.                 
  SENATOR LITTLE  objected, requesting  an explanation of  the                 
  LAN hardware and software and the leased telephones.                         
  LARRY  STEVENS  explained  the  Local  Area Network  is  the                 
  provision that would  allow all Senate offices  primarily to                 
  have access to the mainframe through  the new cable that has                 
  been  installed  in   the  Capitol  Building,  without   the                 
  necessity  for  the  obsolete   interface  cards  that   are                 
  currently  being   used,   but  are   in   limited   supply.                 
  Additionally,  it  would  enable  putting  new  versions  of                 
  various software  packages upon  the server  and make  those                 
  products available to Senate offices as well.                                
  Larry Stevens further explained that  the telephone proposal                 
  is to purchase  equipment which  is currently being  leased.                 
  Current  lease rates  would  pay for  the  equipment in  six                 
  years.   The final details have  not been worked out, but it                 
  has been  indicated there  would be  approximately an  eight                 
  percent savings if it is done now.                                           
  Number 085                                                                   
  SENATOR  LITTLE  asked  if  over   a  period  of  time   the                 
  maintenance  cost  would  exceed  the   cost  to  lease  the                 
  telephones.  LARRY STEVENS  answered that there may be  some                 
  minor  maintenance, but  telephones  are mostly  maintenance                 
  free.  SENATOR LITTLE removed her objection.                                 
  Number 092                                                                   
  SENATOR RIEGER  commented that  in six  years the  equipment                 
  could be obsolete, and  he would only approve it  because it                 
  must be the  recommendation of staff.   LARRY STEVENS  added                 
  that  it was  suggested  that the  committee  might want  to                 
  approve some  percentage of the  total package if  there are                 
  After  further discussion,  it was  agreed  to wait  until a                 
  final recommendation is made before taking any action on the                 
  purchase of Senate telephones.                                               
  Number 112                                                                   
  SENATOR HALFORD modified  his motion to include  approval of                 
  9,750  for  Senate  Records computers  and  $19,485  for LAN                 
  hardware and software.   There  being no further  objection,                 
  the motion carried.                                                          
  There being  no further  business to  come before  the Rules                 
  Committee, the meeting was adjourned at 5:50 p.m.                            

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