Legislature(2001 - 2002)

04/08/2002 10:38 AM RLS

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                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                    
                     SENATE RULES COMMITTEE                                                                                   
                          April 8, 2002                                                                                         
                           10:38 a.m.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Randy Phillips, Chair                                                                                                   
Senator John Cowdery, Vice Chair                                                                                                
Senator Gene Therriault                                                                                                         
Senator Johnny Ellis                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Senator Rick Halford                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 140                                                                                                             
"An Act  relating to  regulation and  licensing of certain  water-                                                              
power development projects."                                                                                                    
     APPROVED FOR CALENDARING                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 338                                                                                                             
"An Act making certain individuals  convicted of crimes ineligible                                                              
for permanent fund  dividends and relating to  certain payments of                                                              
compensation  from   the  crime  victim  compensation   fund;  and                                                              
providing for an effective date."                                                                                               
     APPROVED FOR CALENDARING                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 356                                                                                                             
"An  Act   relating  to  the   authority  of  the   Department  of                                                              
Environmental  Conservation   to  issue  general   and  individual                                                              
permits for waste disposal; and providing  for an effective date."                                                              
     APPROVED FOR CALENDARING                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CS FOR HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 33(MLV) am                                                                                    
Expressing  gratitude   to  President  George  W.   Bush,  to  the                                                              
President's cabinet,  to the  men and women  of the United  States                                                              
armed  forces, and  to the  United States  Congress and  declaring                                                              
support for  the war on terrorism  and for the  President's effort                                                              
to support democracies and promote peace worldwide.                                                                             
     APPROVED FOR CALENDARING                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CS FOR HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 44(RES) am                                                                                    
Strongly urging  the President  of the  United States,  the United                                                              
States Congress, and appropriate  federal officials to support the                                                              
construction  and  operation of  the  Alaska Highway  Natural  Gas                                                              
Pipeline route.                                                                                                                 
     APPROVED FOR CALENDARING                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SB  140 -  See  Resources minutes  dated  3/21/01  and 2/8/02  and                                                              
     Finance Report dated 4/4/02.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
SB 338 - See Finance Report dated 4/02/02.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SB 356 - See Resources minutes dated 4/3/02.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
HJR 33 - See State Affairs minutes dated 3/19/02.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
HJR 44 - See Resources minutes dated 4/3/02.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Richard Schmitz                                                                                                             
Staff to Representative James                                                                                                   
Alaska State Capitol                                                                                                            
Juneau, AK  99801-1182                                                                                                          
POSITION  STATEMENT:   Answered  questions about  HJR  33 for  the                                                            
sponsor                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
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CHAIRMAN RANDY PHILLIPS called the  Senate Rules Committee meeting                                                            
to order at 10:38 a.m. Present were  Senators Cowdery, Therriault,                                                              
Ellis and  Phillips. The  first order of  business to  come before                                                              
the committee was SB 140.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  COWDERY  moved  to  calendar   SB  140-SMALL  WATER-POWER                                                          
DEVELOPMENT  PROJECTS  with  its  attached  fiscal  notes  at  the                                                          
Chairman's discretion.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR ELLIS objected.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CHAIRMAN  PHILLIPS  announced  the motion  carried  with  Senators                                                              
Therriault,  Cowdery  and Phillips  voting  in favor  and  Senator                                                              
Ellis voting against.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  COWDERY  moved to  calendar  SB 338-IPFD/  CRIME  VICTIMS                                                          
COMP/CHILD  SUPPORT  with its  accompanying  fiscal  notes at  the                                                          
Chairman's discretion.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR ELLIS objected.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CHAIRMAN  PHILLIPS  announced  the motion  carried  with  Senators                                                              
Therriault,  Cowdery  and Phillips  voting  in favor  and  Senator                                                              
Ellis voting against.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR COWDERY moved to calendar  SB 356-GENERAL PERMIT FOR WATER                                                          
/WASTE  DISPOSAL  with  its  accompanying   fiscal  notes  at  the                                                          
Chairman's discretion.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR ELLIS objected.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CHAIRMAN  PHILLIPS  announced  the motion  carried  with  Senators                                                              
Therriault,  Cowdery  and Phillips  voting  in favor  and  Senator                                                              
Ellis voting against.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR COWDERY moved to calendar  HJR 33-SUPPORT WAR ON TERRORISM                                                          
& SUPPORT PEACE at the Chairman's discretion.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR ELLIS objected and expressed  concern about the use of the                                                              
word "war"  since Congress has not  officially declared a  war. He                                                              
asked if another  word could be substituted and whether  that is a                                                              
point of concern for anyone else.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
SENATE  THERRIAULT informed  members  that when  the Senate  State                                                              
Affairs Committee heard  HJR 33, it was his feeling  that the term                                                              
"war on terrorism" is the phrase used by the general population.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR ELLIS asked if it is being  used as a commonly used phrase                                                              
and not in reference to an official war declared by Congress.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MR.  RICHARD  SCHMITZ,  staff to  Representative  James,  sponsor,                                                              
explained that  it is the term used  by President Bush  and it has                                                              
becomes  a lexicon,  similar  to  the war  on  drugs.  He said  he                                                              
believes it is meant to apply to  the total process, whether it be                                                              
the military action in Afghanistan or diplomacy.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  ELLIS  thanked  Mr. Schmitz  for  the  clarification  and                                                              
removed his objection.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS announced HJR 33 would be calendared.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR COWDERY moved to calendar HJR 44-ALASKA NATURAL GAS                                                                 
PIPELINE ROUTE with its accompanying fiscal notes at the                                                                    
Chairman's discretion.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS announced that with no objection, the motion                                                                  
carried.  With no further business to come before the committee,                                                                
he then adjourned the meeting at 10:45 a.m.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                

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