Legislature(1997 - 1998)

05/09/1998 12:00 PM RLS

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                SENATE RULES COMMITTEE                                         
                     May 9, 1998                                               
                      12:00 p.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. 230(FIN)                                                 
"An Act amending the definition of 'small community' for purposes              
of housing programs involving the Alaska Housing Finance                       
Corporation."                                                                  
                                                                               
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 239(FIN)                                                 
"An Act relating to the liability of motor fuel dealers for payment            
of tax imposed on certain credit transactions involving motor fuel             
sales or transfers that become worthless debts or on sales or                  
transfers to persons who declare bankruptcy; and providing for an              
effective date."                                                               
                                                                               
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 459(FIN) am                                              
"An Act establishing new eligibility for medical assistance for                
certain disabled persons and giving their eligibility for services             
the highest priority among optional services and groups under the              
medical assistance program; amending the definition of 'personal               
care services in a recipient's home' as used in the medical                    
assistance program; moving midwife services from being the first to            
being the 14th service eliminated under the medical assistance                 
program when there is insufficient funding; and adjusting the                  
priority of optional services and optional eligible groups under               
the medical assistance program in order to reflect the new                     
priorities given to the newly-eligible disabled persons and to                 
midwife services but without otherwise changing the relative order             
of the other optional services and optional groups."                           
                                                                               
SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 31                                            
Suspending Uniform Rules 24(c), 35, 41(b), and 42(e) of the Alaska             
State Legislature concerning House Bill No. 459, relating to the               
medical assistance program.                                                    
                                                                               
CS FOR HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 56(RLS)                                      
Relating to yttrium mining and transfer of the linear induction                
motor research vehicle to Alaska.                                              
                                                                               
HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 36                                             
Suspending Uniform Rules 24(c), 35, 41(b), and 42(e) of the Alaska             
State Legislature concerning Senate Bill No. 153, relating to                  
special request motor vehicle license plates to commemorate the                
arts.                                                                          
                                                                               
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 7(JUD)                                                   
"An Act authorizing establishment of community dispute resolution              
centers to foster the resolution of disputes between juvenile                  
offenders and their victims, and providing immunity from civil                 
suits for youth courts and for members of the boards of directors,             
employees, volunteers, and members of youth courts."                           
                                                                               
SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 30                                            
Suspending Uniform Rules 24(c), 35, 41(b), and 42(e) of the Alaska             
State Legislature concerning House Bill No. 7, relating to                     
establishment of community dispute resolution centers.                         
                                                                               
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 451(JUD)                                                 
"An Act relating to assistive technology devices and mobility aids             
for physically disabled persons."                                              
                                                                               
PREVIOUS SENATE COMMITTEE ACTION                                               
                                                                               
HB 230 - See Community & Regional Affairs minutes dated 5/8/98.                
                                                                               
HB 239 - See Transportation minutes dated 4/28/98.                             
         Finance report 5/6/98.                                                
                                                                               
SCR 31 - No previous action to record.                                         
                                                                               
HJR 56 - See Community & Regional Affairs minutes dated 5/8/98.                
                                                                               
HCR 36 - No previous action to record.                                         
                                                                               
HB   7 - See Judiciary minutes dated 2/4/98, 3/4/98 and 3/6/98.                
         Finance referral waived 5/8/98.                                       
                                                                               
SCR 30 - No previous action to record.                                         
                                                                               
HB 451 - See Labor and Commerce Committee minutes dated 4/28/98.               
                                                                               
WITNESS REGISTER                                                               
                                                                               
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                               
TAPE 98-6, SIDE A                                                              
                                                                               
CHAIRMAN KELLY called the Senate Rules Committee meeting to order              
at 12:00 p.m.                                                                  
                                                                               
SENATOR LEMAN moved and asked unanimous consent CSHB 230(FIN) -                
AHFC HOUSING FUNDS & PROGRAMS be approved for calendaring at the               
discretion of the Chair.  Hearing no objection, it was so ordered.             
                                                                               
SENATOR LEMAN moved and asked unanimous consent SCR 31 - SUSPEND UN            
RLS: TITLE CHANGE FOR HB 459 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 56(RLS) -                
YTTRIUM MINING be approved for calendaring at the discretion of the            
Chair.  Hearing no objection, it was so ordered.                               
                                                                               
SENATOR LEMAN moved and asked unanimous consent HCR 36 - SUSPEND               
UNIFORM RULES FOR SB 153 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 7(JUD) -                  
VICTIM/JUVENILE OFFENDER MEDIATION be approved for calendaring at              
the discretion of the Chair.  Hearing no objection, it was so                  
ordered.                                                                       
                                                                               
SENATOR LEMAN moved and asked unanimous consent SCR 30 - SUSPEND               
UNIFORM RULES FOR HB 7 be approved for calendaring at the                      
discretion of the Chair.  Hearing no objection, it was so ordered.             
                                                                               
CHAIRMAN KELLY brought CSHB 451(JUD) - ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY &                  
MOBILITY AIDS before the committee directed attention to a proposed            
Rules SCS.                                                                     
                                                                               
TIM BENINTENDI, Senate Rules Committee Aide, explained the Rules               
SCS adds in the provision for certain personnel to be certified to             
teach and assist in technology and equipment courses and training              
for the blind and visually impaired.                                           
                                                                               
SENATOR TAYLOR added that the primary purpose of the legislation is            
to provide a level of certification and training that blind people             
can rely upon, and he thinks it is a  safety and health issue that             
is a real concern.                                                             
                                                                               
SENATOR LEMAN moved the adoption of SCS CSHB 451(RLS).  Hearing no             
objection, the motion carried.                                                 
                                                                               
SENATOR LEMAN moved and asked unanimous consent SCS CSHB 451(RLS)              
be approved for calendaring at the discretion of the Chair.                    
Hearing no objection, it was so ordered.                                       
                                                                               
CHAIRMAN KELLY brought CSHB 459(FIN) am  - MEDICAL ASSISTANCE:                 
DISABLED & OTHERS before the committee as the final order of                   
business, and directed attention to a proposed Rules SCS.                      
                                                                               
TIM BENINTENDI, Senate Rules Committee Aide, explained the                     
difference between the Rules SCS and the Finance SCS is that                   
subsection (k) has been deleted from page 4 of the Finance version.            
                                                                               
SENATOR TORGERSON explained it was an amendment he had proposed and            
was adopted in the Finance Committee.  However, it has met with                
some opposition from the industry and the Department of                        
Environmental Conservation so he is requesting the subsection be               
deleted from the bill.                                                         
                                                                               
SENATOR LEMAN referenced page 1, line 6 and noted the Resources                
Committee adopted an amendment that put the maximum fee that the               
department could charge for the direct marketing fishing vessel at             
$100, whereas it is $150 in the Rules SCS.  He then moved an                   
amendment that the amount be changed from $150 to $125.                        
                                                                               
SENATOR TORGERSON objected to the amendment, stating that the                  
department had a problem with the $100 amount, and he believes the             
department will not support lowering the amount from $150.                     
                                                                               
CHAIRMAN KELLY stated there would be a roll call vote on Senator               
Leman's motion to change $150 to $125.  The roll was taken with the            
following result:  Senators Kelly and Leman voted "Yea" and                    
Senators Torgerson, Duncan and Taylor voted "Nay."  CHAIRMAN KELLY             
stated the amendment failed on a 2-3 vote.                                     
                                                                               
SENATOR LEMAN moved the adoption of SCS CSHB 459(RLS).  Hearing no             
objection, the motion carried.                                                 
                                                                               
SENATOR LEMAN moved and asked unanimous consent SCS CSHB 459(RLS)              
be approved for calendaring at the discretion of the Chair.                    
Hearing no objection, it was so ordered.                                       
                                                                               
SENATOR LEMAN pointed out that an amendment made in the Senate                 
Finance Committee, relating to midwife services, is not consistent             
with the title of the bill.                                                    
                                                                               
CHAIRMAN KELLY requested a rescinding motion on approving the                  
legislation for calendaring.                                                   
                                                                               
SENATOR LEMAN moved that the committee rescind its previous action             
in approving SCS CSHB 459(RLS) for calendaring.  Hearing no                    
objection, CHAIRMAN KELLY stated the rescinding motion carried and             
that the committee would take up the legislation once again on the             
following day.                                                                 
                                                                               
There being no further business to come before the committee, the              
meeting adjourned at 12:08 p.m.                                                

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