Legislature(2001 - 2002)

04/27/2001 10:55 AM RLS

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                     ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                   
                      SENATE RULES COMMITTEE                                                                                  
                          April 27, 2001                                                                                        
                            10:55 a.m.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Drue Pearce, Chair                                                                                                      
Senator John Cowdery, Vice Chair                                                                                                
Senator Randy Phillips                                                                                                          
Senator Gene Therriault                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                              
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Senator Johnny Ellis                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                              
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 135                                                                                                             
"An  Act relating  to mental  health  information  and records;  and                                                            
providing for an effective date."                                                                                               
     APPROVED FOR CALENDARING                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 150                                                                                                              
"An Act relating  to insurance premiums for rental  motor vehicles."                                                            
     APPROVED FOR CALENDARING                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 19                                                                                                   
Urging the  United States Congress  to pass legislation to  fund the                                                            
acquisition  of high- resolution  digital  orthoimagery and  digital                                                            
elevation data for the entire state of Alaska.                                                                                  
     APPROVED FOR CALENDARING                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 72 am                                                                                                            
"An Act  relating to  an assistant  adjutant general  for space  and                                                            
missile  defense  in  the  Department  of  Military   and  Veterans'                                                            
Affairs."                                                                                                                       
     ADOPTED SENATE RULES COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE AND APPROVED FOR                                                                 
     CALENDARING                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SB 135 - See HESS  minutes dated 4/9/01 and Judiciary  minutes dated                                                            
4/23/01.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
HB 150 - See Labor and Commerce minutes dated 3/27/01 and                                                                       
Judiciary minutes dated 4/11/01.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
HJR 19 - See Resources minutes dated 4/9/01.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
HB 72 - See Finance Report dated 4/12/01.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Elmer Lindstrom                                                                                                             
Department of Health &                                                                                                          
  Social Services                                                                                                               
PO Box 110601                                                                                                                   
Juneau, AK  99801-0601                                                                                                          
POSITION  STATEMENT:   Explained  a change  made  to SB  135 in  the                                                          
Senate Judiciary Committee.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Carol Carroll                                                                                                               
Department of Military &                                                                                                        
  Veterans Affairs                                                                                                              
PO Box 5800                                                                                                                     
Ft Richardson, AK  99505-0800                                                                                                   
POSITION STATEMENT:  Answered questions about SCS HB 72(RLS).                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
TAPE 01-7, SIDE A                                                                                                             
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CHAIRWOMAN DRUE PEARCE  called the Senate Rules Committee meeting to                                                          
order at 10:55  a.m.  Senators Phillips, Therriault  and Pearce were                                                            
present.  The  first order of business to come before  the committee                                                            
was SB 135.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR THERRIAULT  asked what  changes were  made to SB 135  in the                                                            
Senate Judiciary Committee.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MR. ELMER  LINDSTROM, Special  Assistant,  Department of Health  and                                                            
Social Services,  explained that the  sole change was to  the title.                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR THERRIAULT  moved to calendar all versions  of SB 135-MENTAL                                                        
HEALTH  INFO/RECORDS/COMMUNICATIONS   and  its accompanying   fiscal                                                        
note. There being no objection, the motion carried.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  PHILLIPS moved to  calendar HB  150-INSURANCE PREMIUMS  FOR                                                        
RENTAL VEHICLES.  There being no objection, the motion carried.                                                             
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR PHILLIPS  moved to calendar HJR 19-DIGITAL  ORTHOIMAGERY AND                                                        
ELEVATION DATA.  There being no objection, the motion carried.                                                              
                                                                                                                                
CHAIRWOMAN PEARCE  announced that a proposed Senate  Rules Committee                                                            
Substitute for HB  72-ASST.ADJUTANT  GEN.: MISSILE/SPACE DEFENSE was                                                        
before the committee.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR THERRIAULT moved  to adopt SCS HB 72(RLS), Version F, as the                                                            
working document  of the committee.   There being no objection,  the                                                            
motion carried.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MS. CAROL CARROLL,  Administrative Services Division,  Department of                                                            
Military  and Veterans  Affairs,  explained  the difference  in  the                                                            
Senate  Rules Committee  version  is the  removal  of the  five-year                                                            
sunset clause.   General Oates advised her that the  development and                                                            
deployment of  the space and missile defense system  in Alaska could                                                            
take at least seven years.   He prefers that the bill have no sunset                                                            
clause  as  that  could  send  the  wrong  message  to  the  federal                                                            
government.   This program is a joint  effort between the  state and                                                            
federal government.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
CHAIRWOMAN  PEARCE said the  position is  funded with federal  funds                                                            
and it  is her understanding  that the federal  government  will not                                                            
approve the  continuation of the actual  position once the  national                                                            
missile  defense  program is  in place.   She  asked  if the  Senate                                                            
Finance Committee was concerned  that the state would not be able to                                                            
carry that employee after the program is in place.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MS. CARROLL said that is correct.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR THERRIAULT  noted that General Oates informed  him yesterday                                                            
that  the name  of the  program  has been  changed  to the  national                                                            
missile defense  and space  program so there  is a possibility  that                                                            
the federal  government  may continue  to fund that  position  for a                                                            
longer term.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
There being  no further questions  or testimony, SENATOR  THERRIAULT                                                            
moved to  calendar SCS  HB 72(RLS)  with its  attached fiscal  note.                                                            
There being no objection, the motion carried.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIRWOMAN  PEARCE announced  that she expects  to have the  capital                                                            
budget and SB 93 on the calendar tomorrow and that a Senate Rules                                                               
Committee meeting will be scheduled during session.  She then                                                                   
adjourned the meeting at 11:01 a.m.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                

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