Legislature(1997 - 1998)

04/20/1998 11:35 AM RLS

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                SENATE RULES COMMITTEE                                         
                    April 20, 1998                                             
                      11:35 a.m.                                               
                                                                               
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                
                                                                               
Senator Tim Kelly, Chair                                                       
Senator Loren Leman, Vice Chair                                                
Senator Robin Taylor                                                           
Senator John Torgerson                                                         
Senator Jim Duncan                                                             
                                                                               
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                 
                                                                               
All members present                                                            
                                                                               
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                             
                                                                               
SENATE BILL NO. 160                                                            
"An Act relating to registration, inspection, and testing relating             
to radiological equipment in dentists' offices."                               
                                                                               
SENATE BILL NO. 305                                                            
"An Act relating to rehabilitation of injured workers."                        
                                                                               
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 51(RLS) am                                               
"An Act relating to the Department of Environmental Conservation;              
amending Rules 79 and 82, Alaska Rules of Civil Procedure; and                 
providing for an effective date."                                              
                                                                               
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 168(RLS)(efd fld)                                        
"An Act relating to use of traditional means of access to assist in            
taking game or fish and to traditional means of access for                     
traditional outdoor activities on land and water set aside for fish            
and game purposes."                                                            
                                                                               
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 392(L&C) am                                              
"An Act relating to access by the Department of Environmental                  
Conservation and the Department of Fish and Game to confidential               
records for fisheries businesses and resources prepared or kept by             
the Department of Revenue under AS 43.75.015; relating to certain              
salmon products reports; and providing for an effective date."                 
                                                                               
HOUSE BILL NO. 472                                                             
"An Act relating to apportionment of business income."                         
                                                                               
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 17(RES)                                                  
"An Act establishing the Department of Natural Resources as the                
platting authority in certain areas of the state; relating to                  
subdivisions and dedications; and providing for an effective date."            
                                                                               
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 356(FIN) am                                              
"An Act establishing the Joint Committee on Military Bases in                  
Alaska; and providing for an effective date."                                  
                                                                               
PREVIOUS SENATE COMMITTEE ACTION                                               
                                                                               
SB 160 - See Labor and Commerce Committee minutes dated 3/5/98 and             
         4/2/98 and HESS minutes dated 4/8/98.                                 
                                                                               
SB 305 - See Labor and Commerce minutes dated 3/10/98 and                      
         Judiciary minutes dated 4/15/98  and 4/17/98.                         
                                                                               
HB  51 - Finance report 4/17/98.                                               
                                                                               
HB 168 - See Resource Committee minutes dated 4/17/98.                         
                                                                               
HB 392 - See Resource Committee minutes dated 4/6/98 and 4/17/98.              
                                                                               
HB 472 - Finance report 4/18/98.                                               
                                                                               
HB  17 - See Resource Committee minutes dated 2/11/98 and 3/30/98.             
         Finance report 4/20/98.                                               
                                                                               
HB 356 - No previous action to record.                                         
                                                                               
WITNESS REGISTER                                                               
                                                                               
Tim Sullivan, Staff to Representative Eldon Mulder                             
State Capitol                                                                  
Juneau, AK 99801-1182                                                          
  POSITION STATEMENT:  Offered information on HB 356.                          
                                                                               
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                               
TAPE 98-5, SIDE A                                                              
                                                                               
CHAIRMAN KELLY called the Senate Rules Committee meeting to order              
at 11:35 a.m., and noted the presence of Senators Taylor,                      
Torgerson, Duncan, Leman and Kelly.                                            
                                                                               
                                                                               
SENATOR LEMAN moved and asked unanimous consent SB 160 - DENTAL                
RADIOLOGICAL EQUIPMENT be approved for calendaring at the                      
discretion of the Chair.  Hearing no objection, it was so ordered.             
                                                                               
                                                                               
SENATOR LEMAN moved and asked unanimous consent SB 305 -                       
IMPLEMENTATION OF WORK COMP EDITION  be approved for calendaring at            
the discretion of the Chair.  Hearing no objection, it was so                  
ordered.                                                                       
                                                                               
SENATOR LEMAN moved and asked unanimous consent CSHB 51(RLS) am -              
DEPT OF ENV. CONSERV./WATER/PENALTIES be approved for calendaring              
at the discretion of the Chair.  Hearing no objection, it was so               
ordered.                                                                       
                                                                               
SENATOR LEMAN moved and asked unanimous consent CSHB 168(RLS) (efd             
fld) - TRADITIONAL ACCESS FOR TRADITIONAL ACTIVI be approved for               
calendaring at the discretion of the Chair.  Hearing no objection,             
it was so ordered.                                                             
                                                                               
SENATOR LEMAN moved and asked unanimous consent CSHB 392(L&C) am -             
REPORTS: FISH TAX & SALMON PRODUCTS be approved for calendaring at             
the discretion of the Chair.  Hearing no objection, it was so                  
ordered.                                                                       
                                                                               
SENATOR LEMAN moved and asked unanimous consent HB 472 -                       
APPORTIONMENT OF BUSINESS INCOME be approved for calendaring at the            
discretion of the Chair.  Hearing no objection, it was so ordered.             
                                                                               
SENATOR LEMAN moved and asked unanimous consent CSHB 17(RES) - DNR             
APPROVE PLATS IN UNORG. BOROUGH be approved for calendaring at the             
discretion of the Chair.  Hearing no objection, it was so ordered.             
                                                                               
CHAIRMAN KELLY brought CSHB 356(FIN) am - JOINT COMMITTEE ON                   
MILITARY BASES before the committee as the final order of business.            
                                                                               
TIM SULLIVAN, legislative staff to Representative Eldon Mulder,                
stated he was present to respond to questions from committee                   
members.                                                                       
                                                                               
SENATOR TAYLOR commented it is a good bill, and he asked Mr.                   
Sullivan  to explain why the legislation is needed.                            
                                                                               
MR. SULLIVAN explained that recently the Pentagon and the Secretary            
of Defense have stated that another round of base realignments and             
closures are necessary for the United Sates military to maintain               
its strength and readiness.  The legislation would establish the               
Joint Committee on Military Bases in Alaska.                                   
                                                                               
He noted the military establishment in Alaska accounts for                     
approximately $1.7 billion throughout the Alaskan economy.  In                 
addition, the base closure's experience to date have shown that the            
process requires considerable attention on the part of state                   
government to monitor the economic and reuse potential of such base            
closures, and the joint committee would provide that critical                  
attention.                                                                     
                                                                               
CHAIRMAN KELLY added that there are communities in other states                
that are already hiring lobbyists back in Washington, D.C., to                 
intervene on their behalf in front of the Department of Defense,               
and states, such as New York, have line item appropriations in                 
their budgets to attempt to protect their bases.  However, he                  
pointed out that neither one of those is being requested in this               
legislation.                                                                   
                                                                               
Responding to an inquiry from Senator Torgerson relating to the                
fiscal note, CHAIRMAN KELLY clarified the fiscal note is for $3,000            
to cover travel expenses for committee members.                                
                                                                               
SENATOR LEMAN asked if this joint committee is similar to the                  
previous Joint Committee on Military Bases.                                    
                                                                               
MR. SULLIVAN acknowledged that it is.  The only difference is that             
it establishes the joint committee through the 21st Legislature and            
just prior to the 22nd Legislature.                                            
                                                                               
CHAIRMAN KELLY pointed out that there is discussion of two new                 
rounds of closures, one in 2001 and the other in 2002.                         
                                                                               
SENATOR LEMAN noted he served on the previous joint committee, and             
he believes it is a very worthwhile effort for the Legislature to              
get involved in the issue.                                                     
                                                                               
SENATOR TAYLOR commented he thinks it is crucial that the                      
Legislature maintain the greatest vigilance on this process and                
provide the most effective effort in support of the state's                    
congressional delegation to make certain that no more fiscal impact            
occurs to the state of Alaska than has already happened.                       
                                                                               
SENATOR LEMAN moved CSHB 356(FIN) am be passed out of committee                
with individual recommendations and that it be approved for                    
calendaring at the discretion of the Chair.  Hearing no objection,             
it was so ordered.                                                             
                                                                               
There being no further business to come before the committee, the              
meeting adjourned at 11:41 a.m.                                                

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