Legislature(2001 - 2002)

05/03/2001 01:45 PM RLS

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                     ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                   
                      SENATE RULES COMMITTEE                                                                                  
                            May 3, 2001                                                                                         
                             1:45 p.m.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Drue Pearce, Chair                                                                                                      
Senator John Cowdery, Vice Chair                                                                                                
Senator Randy Phillips                                                                                                          
Senator Gene Therriault                                                                                                         
Senator Johnny Ellis                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
All Members Present                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                              
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 174                                                                                                             
"An  Act  relating  to  education  funding;  and  providing  for  an                                                            
effective date."                                                                                                                
     ADOPTED A SENATE RULES COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE AND APPROVED ALL                                                               
     VERSIONS FOR CALENDARING                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 14                                                                                             
Establishing the Joint Committee on Natural Gas Pipelines.                                                                      
     APPROVED FOR CALENDARING                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 23                                                                                                  
Proposing  amendments to  the Constitution  of the  State of  Alaska                                                            
relating to an appropriation limit and a spending limit.                                                                        
     APPROVED FOR CALENDARING                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 177(STA)                                                                                                  
"An Act placing  certain special interest  organizations  within the                                                            
definition  of 'group'  for purposes  of Alaska's  campaign  finance                                                            
statutes; and  requiring disclosure  of the true source of  campaign                                                            
contributions."                                                                                                                 
     ADOPTED A SENATE RULES COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE AND APPROVED FOR                                                               
     CALENDARING                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 200(STA)                                                                                                  
"An Act  establishing July  3 as Drunk  Driving Victims Remembrance                                                             
Day."                                                                                                                           
     APPROVED FOR CALENDARING                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                              
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SB 174 - See Finance Report dated 4/25/01.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SCR 14 - No previous Senate committee action.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SJR 23 - See Finance Report dated 5/3/01.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
HB  177 -  See State  Affairs  minutes  dated 4/19/01,  4/24/01  and                                                            
4/30/01.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
HB 200 - See State Affairs minutes dated 5/1/01.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
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CHAIRWOMAN DRUE PEARCE  called the Senate Rules Committee meeting to                                                          
order at 1:45 p.m.   All members were present.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
CHAIRWOMAN   PEARCE  announced   that  a   Senate  Rules   Committee                                                            
substitute  (Version O) was prepared  for SB 174-EDUCATION  FUNDING.                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  COWDERY  moved  to  adopt  CSSB  174(RLS)  as  the  working                                                            
document  of the committee.   There being  no objection, the  motion                                                            
carried.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIRWOMAN PEARCE informed  committee members that CSSB 174(RLS) has                                                            
a fiscal  note in the amount  of $18,385,300.   Section 1  increases                                                            
the base allocation  amount by $70.  Section 2 changes  the required                                                            
local  contribution  by limiting  the  annual increase  in  assessed                                                            
valuation  to 50  percent of  the total  increased  amount over  the                                                            
prior year.  Section 3  changes the facilities constituting a school                                                            
definition  from 750 down  to 425, which  deals with the  Petersburg                                                            
and Wrangell difficulty.   This version does not include a change to                                                            
the North Slope Borough.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
There  being no questions  or testimony,  SENATOR  COWDERY moved  to                                                            
calendar CSSB 174(RLS) with its accompanying fiscal note.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR PHILLIPS objected.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
The motion to calendar  CSSB 174(RLS) carried with Senators Cowdery,                                                            
Therriault,  Ellis and  Pearce voting  "yea,"  and Senator  Phillips                                                            
voting "nay."                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIRWOMAN   PEARCE  informed  the   committee  that  SCR   14-JOINT                                                        
COMMITTEE  ON NATURAL GAS  PIPELINES has a  zero fiscal note.   This                                                        
joint committee would be  established in a similar manner to the BP-                                                            
Alaska/ARCO merger  committee, for the purpose of  looking at issues                                                            
related to the gas pipeline  that come before the legislature during                                                            
the interim.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  PHILLIPS  moved  to  calendar  SCR  14.    There  being  no                                                            
objection, the motion carried.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
CHAIRWOMAN  PEARCE told committee  members  that the Senate  Finance                                                            
Committee  adopted  a committee  substitute   for SJR  23-CONST  AM:                                                        
APPROPRIATION/SPENDING  LIMIT and  that the resolution has  a fiscal                                                        
note in the  amount of $1500 because  a question would be  placed on                                                            
the general election ballot in 2002.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR PHILLIPS moved to calendar all versions of SJR 23.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR ELLIS objected.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
The  motion  to calendar  SJR  23  carried  with  Senators  Cowdery,                                                            
Phillips,  Therriault and  Pearce  voting "yea,"  and Senator  Ellis                                                            
voting "nay."                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIRWOMAN   PEARCE  announced   that  a   Senate  Rules   Committee                                                            
substitute  (Version U) was  prepared for  HB 177-CAMPAIGN  FINANCE:                                                        
GROUPS & DISCLOSURE.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR THERRIAULT  moved to adopt SCS CSHB 177(RLS)  as the working                                                            
document of the  committee.  With no objection, the  motion carried.                                                            
                                                                                                                                
There being no  questions or testimony, SENATOR THERRIAULT  moved to                                                            
calendar SCS CSHB 177(RLS) with its accompanying fiscal note.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR ELLIS objected.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
The  motion to  calendar SCS  CSHB  177(RLS) carried  with  Senators                                                            
Phillips, Cowdery,  Therriault and Pearce voting "yea,"  and Senator                                                            
Ellis voting "nay."                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR ELLIS moved the calendar CSHB 200(STA)-DRUNK DRIVING                                                                
VICTIMS REMEMBRANCE DAY.  There being no objection, the motion                                                              
carried.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
There being no further business to come before the committee,                                                                   
CHAIRWOMAN PEARCE adjourned the meeting at 1:50 p.m.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                

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