Legislature(1999 - 2000)

04/27/1999 12:00 PM RLS

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                SENATE RULES COMMITTEE                                                                                          
                    April 27, 1999                                                                                              
                      12:00 p.m.                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                                 
Senator Tim Kelly, Chair                                                                                                        
Senator Mike Miller                                                                                                             
Senator Drue Pearce                                                                                                             
Senator Johnny Ellis                                                                                                            
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                  
Senator Loren Leman, Vice Chair                                                                                                 
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                              
SENATE BILL NO. 125                                                                                                             
"An Act relating to school crisis response planning."                                                                           
     -MOVED ALL VERSIONS OF SB 125 OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                             
SENATE BILL NO. 134                                                                                                             
"An Act authorizing the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission                                                              
to determine the amount of and to collect a charge for operating                                                                
wells subject to the commission's jurisdiction, and to allocate                                                                 
expenses of investigation and hearing, and repealing the oil and                                                                
gas conservation tax; and providing for an effective date."                                                                     
     -MOVED ALL VERSIONS OF SB 134 OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                             
PREVIOUS SENATE COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                
SB 125 - See HESS minutes dated 4/19/99 and CRA minutes dated                                                                   
SB 134 - See Resources committee minutes dated 4/12/99, Finance                                                                 
Report dated 4/23/99 and Rules minutes dated 4/23/99.                                                                           
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                                
Pat Carter                                                                                                                      
Legislative Aide to Senator Drue Pearce                                                                                         
Alaska State Capitol                                                                                                            
Juneau, AK  99801-1182                                                                                                          
POSITION STATEMENT:  Answered questions regarding SB 134                                                                        
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                                
TAPE 99-7, SIDE A                                                                                                               
CHAIRMAN KELLY called the Senate Rules Committee meeting to order                                                               
at 12:00 p.m.  Present were Senators Pearce, Ellis, Miller, and                                                                 
Chairman Kelly.                                                                                                                 
SENATOR PEARCE moved to calendar all versions of SB 125-SCHOOL                                                                  
SAFETY PLAN.  There being no objection, the motion carried.                                                                     
CHAIRMAN KELLY announced the next order of business to be SB 134,                                                               
and that a proposed Senate Rules Committee substitute would be                                                                  
PAT CARTER, legislative aide to Senator Pearce, sponsor of SB 134,                                                              
explained the proposed CSSB 134(RLS), version Y, contains two                                                                   
changes.  The title was altered to authorize the Alaska Oil and Gas                                                             
Conservation Commission (AOGCC) to employ additional professional                                                               
staff.  That authorization is contained in Section 8, on page 4,                                                                
and allows the hire of one petroleum engineer, one reservoir                                                                    
engineer, one petroleum geologist, and one more inspector.  On page                                                             
2, line 25, the reference to water as  part of the total volume was                                                             
deleted.  When working on the regulatory cost charge, the intent                                                                
was not to substantially alter the proportional changes from the                                                                
North Slope to Cook Inlet.  Cook Inlet produces an enormous amount                                                              
of water, and that water, under a special permit, is not                                                                        
reinjected, therefore no cost is associated with AOGCC monitoring                                                               
of the water.  Consequently, the words, "and water produced" were                                                               
Number 054                                                                                                                      
SENATOR PEARCE questioned why Section 8 on page 4 makes reference                                                               
to funds appropriated in FY00, since the intent of the section is                                                               
to employ the professionals on a permanent basis, not for one year.                                                             
MR. CARTER explained it was drafted in that manner because no funds                                                             
were appropriated for that cost in the operating budget which had                                                               
already cleared the Senate.                                                                                                     
SENATOR PEARCE questioned whether it will become part of the AOGCC                                                              
base, which will be comprised of designated program receipts.  MR.                                                              
CARTER said that is correct.                                                                                                    
SENATOR PEARCE moved to adopt CSSB 134(RLS), version Y, in lieu of                                                              
the original bill.  There being no objection, the motion carried.                                                               
SENATOR PEARCE moved to calendar all versions of SB 134-WELL                                                                    
REGULATORY COST CHARGE/CONS. TAX.  There being no objection, the                                                                
motion carried.                                                                                                                 
There being no further business to come before the committee,                                                                   
CHAIRMAN KELLY adjourned the meeting at 12:05 p.m.                                                                              

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