Legislature(1997 - 1998)

05/07/1998 11:50 AM Senate RLS

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                SENATE RULES COMMITTEE                                         
                     May 6, 1998                                               
                      11:50 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                                                             
                                                                               
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 313(FIN)                                                 
"An Act relating to preventive maintenance programs required for               
certain state grants; and providing for an effective date."                    
                                                                               
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 473(FIN)                                                 
"An Act relating to training and certification of fire services                
personnel; relating to certification of fire services training                 
programs; and providing for an effective date."                                
                                                                               
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 206(FIN) am                                              
"An Act relating to credit under the Public Employees' Retirement              
System for service as a village public safety officer."                        
                                                                               
SENATE BILL NO. 340                                                            
"An Act relating to the University of Alaska and university land,              
and authorizing the University of Alaska to select additional state            
land."                                                                         
                                                                               
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 315(FIN)                                                 
"An Act relating to operating appropriations for facility                      
operations, maintenance and repair, and renewal and replacement for            
components of public buildings and facilities; and providing for an            
effective date."                                                               
                                                                               
CS FOR SPONSOR SUBSTITUTE FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 189(JUD) am                       
"An Act relating to sale, gift, exchange, or distribution of                   
tobacco and tobacco products."                                                 
                                                                               
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 324(L&C) am                                              
"An Act relating to deferral of certain municipal assessment                   
payments."                                                                     
                                                                               
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 343(TRA)                                                 
"An Act excluding certain motor vehicles from the definition of                
commercial motor vehicle."                                                     
                                                                               
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 264(FIN)                                                 
"An Act relating to negotiated regulation making; and providing for            
an effective date."                                                            
                                                                               
HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 57 am                                               
Relating to an amendment to the Constitution of the United States              
prohibiting federal courts from ordering a state or a political                
subdivision of a state to increase or impose taxes.                            
                                                                               
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 347(L&C)                                                 
"An Act relating to an exemption from overtime wage requirements               
for certain motor vehicle mechanics."                                          
                                                                               
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 353(HES) am                                              
"An Act relating to adoption by reference in regulations; and                  
providing for an effective date."                                              
                                                                               
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 464(STA)                                                 
"An Act authorizing state veterans' home facilities to provide                 
nursing home care with related medical services."                              
                                                                               
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 474(RLS)                                                 
"An Act relating to the Alaska Police Standards Council and to                 
municipal correctional officers."                                              
                                                                               
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 386(FIN)                                                 
"An Act relating to the financing authority, programs, operations,             
and projects of the Alaska Industrial Development and Export                   
Authority; and providing for an effective date."                               
                                                                               
HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 59                                                  
Relating to an amendment to the Constitution of the United States              
prohibiting desecration of the Flag of the United States.                      
                                                                               
CS FOR HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 62(CRA)                                      
Relating to bringing Balto back to Alaska.                                     
                                                                               
CS FOR HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 65(L&C)                                      
Requesting that Alaska wild salmon be included as an organic food              
under federal law.                                                             
                                                                               
HOUSE BILL NO. 469                                                             
"An Act approving the sale of Prudhoe Bay Unit royalty oil by the              
State of Alaska to Mapco Alaska Petroleum, Inc.; and providing for             
an effective date."                                                            
                                                                               
SENATE BILL NO. 297                                                            
"An Act relating to breast-feeding."                                           
                                                                               
PREVIOUS SENATE COMMITTEE ACTION                                               
                                                                               
HB 313 - Finance report 5/5/98.                                                
                                                                               
HB 473 - Finance report 5/5/98.                                                
                                                                               
HB 206 - See State Affairs minutes dated 3/31/98.                              
         Finance report 5/5/98.                                                
                                                                               
SB 340 - See Resources Committee minutes dated 4/29/98.                        
         Finance report 5/6/98.                                                
                                                                               
HB 315 - Finance report 5/6/98.                                                
                                                                               
HB 189 - HESS minutes dated 1/16/98, 1/28/98, 1/30/98 and Judiciary            
         minutes dated 5/5/98.                                                 
                                                                               
HB 324 - See State Affairs minutes dated 5/5/98.                               
                                                                               
HB 343 - See Transportation minutes dated 4/30/98, and Labor and               
         Commerce Committee minutes dated 5/5/98.                              
                                                                               
HB 264 - See State Affairs minutes dated 4/16/98 & 5/5/98.                     
         Finance referral waived 5/6/98.                                       
                                                                               
HJR 57 - See State Affairs minutes dated 5/5/98.                               
                                                                               
HB 347 - See Labor and Commerce Committee minutes dated 5/5/98.                
                                                                               
HB 353 - See HESS minutes dated 4/22/98, 4/24/98, and 4/27/98 and              
         State Affairs minutes dated 5/5/98.                                   
                                                                               
HB 464 - See State Affairs minutes dated 5/5/98.                               
                                                                               
HB 474 - See Labor and Commerce Committee minutes dated 5/5/98.                
                                                                               
HB 486 - See Labor and Commerce Committee minutes dated 5/5/98.                
                                                                               
HJR 59 - See State Affairs minutes dated 5/5/98.                               
                                                                               
HJR 62 - See State Affairs minutes dated 5/5/98.                               
                                                                               
HJR 65 - See Labor and Commerce Committee minutes dated 5/5/98.                
                                                                               
HB 469 - Finance report 5/6/98.                                                
                                                                               
SB 297 - See Judiciary minutes dated 4/1/98.                                   
         Rules minutes dated 5/1/98.                                           
                                                                               
WITNESS REGISTER                                                               
                                                                               
Representative Mark Hodgins                                                    
State Capitol                                                                  
Juneau, AK 99801-1182                                                          
  POSITION STATEMENT:  Prime Sponsor of HB 473                                 
                                                                               
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                               
TAPE 98-6, SIDE A                                                              
                                                                               
CHAIRMAN KELLY called the Senate Rules Committee meeting to order              
at 11:50 a.m. and noted the presence of Senators Leman, Taylor,                
Torgerson, Duncan and Kelly.  He then reviewed the committee                   
calendar and requested motions on the following legislation.                   
                                                                               
SENATOR LEMAN moved and asked unanimous consent CSHB 313(FIN) -                
PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE REQUIREMENT 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 206(FIN) am -             
PERS FOR VILLAGE PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICERS 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 340 - INCREASE              
LAND GRANT TO UNIV. OF ALASKA 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 315(FIN) -                
OPERATING APPROPRIATIONS FOR MAINTENANCE be approved for                       
calendaring at the discretion of the Chair.  Hearing no objection,             
it was so ordered.                                                             
                                                                               
SENATOR LEMAN moved and asked unanimous consent CSSSHB 189(JUD) am             
- RESTRICT TOBACCO SALES 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 324(L&C) am -             
MUNICIPAL LIEN FOR UTILITY IMPROVEMENTS 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 343(TRA) -                
DEFINITION OF COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLE 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 264(FIN) -                
NEGOTIATED REGULATION MAKING be approved for calendaring at the                
discretion of the Chair.  Hearing no objection, it was so ordered.             
                                                                               
SENATOR LEMAN moved and asked unanimous consent HJR 57 am - AMEND              
US CONSTIT. TO LIMIT FED. COURTS 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 347(L&C) -                
OVERTIME WAGE EXEMPTION FOR MECHANICS 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 353(HES) am -             
ADOPTION BY REFERENCE IN REGULATIONS 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 464(STA) -                
NURSING CARE AT STATE VETERANS' HOME 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 474(RLS) -                
CERTIFY MUNICIPAL CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS 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 386(FIN) - RE             
AK INDUS. DEVELOP & EXPORT AUTHORITY be approved for calendaring at            
the discretion of the Chair.  Hearing no objection, it was so                  
ordered.                                                                       
                                                                               
SENATOR LEMAN moved and asked unanimous consent HJR 59 -                       
DESECRATION OF U.S. FLAG be approved for calendaring at the                    
discretion of the Chair.  Hearing no objection, it was so ordered.             
                                                                               
SENATOR LEMAN moved and asked unanimous consent CSHJR 62(CRA) -                
BRING BALTO BACK TO ALASKA be approved for calendaring at the                  
discretion of the Chair.  Hearing no objection, it was so ordered.             
                                                                               
SENATOR LEMAN moved and asked unanimous consent CSHJR 65(L&C) -                
CLASSIFY WILD SALMON AS ORGANIC FOOD 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 469 - APPROVE               
SALE ROYALTY OIL TO MAPCO 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 473(FIN) -                
FIRE TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION be approved for calendaring at the             
discretion of the Chair.  SENATOR TAYLOR objected stating that                 
several people had contacted him and voiced their concern with the             
legislation.                                                                   
                                                                               
REPRESENTATIVE MARK HODGINS, prime sponsor of HB 473, explained                
there were concerns with the original legislation relating to rural            
volunteer fire departments.  The Fire Chiefs Association and the               
Firefighters Association worked on the legislation and came up with            
what he thinks is an acceptable solution to the concerns expressed             
earlier.  However, he noted there was still an area of concern in              
the Mat-Su Valley, but they are working with those people to                   
address their concern.                                                         
                                                                               
SENATOR TAYLOR said his concern is that there are volunteer forces             
around the state that are pretty well stressed already without                 
having to come up with the money to go get training and then go                
through a training program before being allowed to be part of the              
volunteer fire department.                                                     
                                                                               
REPRESENTATIVE HODGINS pointed out that they do have the ability               
of opting in or opting out of the program.                                     
                                                                               
CHAIRMAN KELLY stated HB 473 would be held in committee for one day            
in order to take a closer look at some of the problem areas Senator            
Taylor is concerned with.                                                      
                                                                               
CHAIRMAN KELLY brought SB 297 - BREAST-FEEDING before the committee            
as the final order of business.  He noted the committee adopted a              
Rules CS several days before, however, since that time, he has                 
received a letter from Lisa Sutherland, Chief of Staff for Senator             
Ted Stevens, expressing concern that there was a question as to                
whether or not the intent of the bill applied to municipalities.               
He said it is questionable, so a new Rules CS was drafted adding in            
the Judiciary Committee language that made certain that it applied             
to municipalities.                                                             
                                                                               
SENATOR LEMAN moved that the committee rescind its previous action             
in adopting CSSB 297(RLS).  Hearing no objection, it was so                    
ordered.                                                                       
                                                                               
SENATOR LEMAN moved the adoption of CSSB 297(2d RLS).  Hearing no              
objection, it was so ordered.                                                  
                                                                               
SENATOR LEMAN moved that CSSB 297(2d RLS) 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 11:60 a.m.                                                
                                                                               
                                                                               

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