Legislature(2019 - 2020)BUTROVICH 205

03/25/2019 05:00 PM STATE AFFAIRS

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05:03:05 PM SJR6
05:26:05 PM Adjourn
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                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
            SENATE STATE AFFAIRS STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                           
                         March 25, 2019                                                                                         
                           5:02 p.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Mike Shower, Chair                                                                                                      
Senator John Coghill, Vice Chair                                                                                                
Senator Lora Reinbold                                                                                                           
Senator Peter Micciche                                                                                                          
Senator Scott Kawasaki                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
All members present                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 6                                                                                                   
Proposing amendments to  the Constitution of the  State of Alaska                                                               
relating  to  an  appropriation  limit; relating  to  the  budget                                                               
reserve  fund  and establishing  the  savings  reserve fund;  and                                                               
relating to the permanent fund.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     - HEARD & HELD                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
BILL: SJR  6                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: CONST AM:APPROP. LIMIT; RESERVE FUND                                                                               
SPONSOR(s): RULES BY REQUEST OF THE GOVERNOR                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
01/30/19       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        

01/30/19 (S) STA, JUD, FIN 03/21/19 (S) STA AT 1:30 PM BUTROVICH 205 03/21/19 (S) Heard & Held 03/21/19 (S) MINUTE(STA) 03/25/19 (S) STA AT 5:00 PM BUTROVICH 205 WITNESS REGISTER LILA JENSEN, representing self Anchorage, Alaska POSITION STATEMENT: Testified in support of SJR 6. MIKE LITZOW, representing self Kodiak, Alaska POSITION STATEMENT: Testified in opposition to SJR 6. LINN MCCABE, representing self Big Lake, Alaska POSITION STATEMENT: Testified in support of SJR 6. ACTION NARRATIVE 5:02:37 PM CHAIR MIKE SHOWER called the Senate State Affairs Standing Committee meeting to order at 5:02 p.m. Present at the call to order were Senators Coghill, Kawasaki, Micciche, Reinbold, and Chair Shower. SJR 6-CONST AM:APPROP. LIMIT; RESERVE FUND 5:03:05 PM CHAIR SHOWER announced the consideration of SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 6, Proposing amendments to the Constitution of the State of Alaska relating to an appropriation limit; relating to the budget reserve fund and establishing the savings reserve fund; and relating to the permanent fund. He stated that the purpose of the meeting is to continue public testimony. 5:03:44 PM LILA JENSEN, representing self, Anchorage, stated that she is an Alaska Native and lifelong Alaskan. She said she supports SJR 6 and a spending cap to ensure there is money in the future for our children. 5:04:39 PM MIKE LITZOW, representing self, Kodiak, stated that he is speaking in opposition to SJR 6 because it would effectively short-circuit the democratic process by curtailing the power of the voters in just one direction. He said it would allow budget cuts but would then lock those cuts in place, which is beyond the democratic process. For example, if a legislature passed a budget that failed to meet the constitutional obligation of education, voters would be unable to reverse that policy. He opined that that puts policy disagreements beyond the democratic process and as such the proposal to amend the constitution is fundamentally undemocratic. He urged the members to set aside their individual views on the policy implications, recognize the anti-democratic aspect of the proposal, and reject it as such. 5:05:54 PM LINN MCCABE, representing self, Big Lake, stated support for SJR 6 that, if passed by the voters, would cap government spending and create a savings plan for Alaska. It is time to stop the practice of not knowing how much will be spent each year, she said. She reported that when the governor returned from an energy meeting in Texas, he advised that resource developers are reluctant to commit to Alaska because they don't know what taxes to expect when the budget has a shortfall and they are expected to fill it. She emphasized the need for a spending cap and reiterated her support for SJR 6. 5:07:19 PM At ease 5:25:15 PM CHAIR SHOWER reconvened the meeting. Finding no others who wished to comment, he closed public testimony and encouraged written testimony be submitted to senate.state.affairs@akleg.gov. [SJR 6 was held in committee.] 5:26:05 PM There being no further business to come before the committee, Chair Shower adjourned the Senate State Affairs Standing Committee meeting at 5:26 p.m.

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
SSTA OFFICIAL AGENDA MEMO.pdf SSTA 3/25/2019 5:00:00 PM
agenda
SJR 6 Sponsor Statement.pdf SJUD 4/1/2019 1:30:00 PM
SSTA 3/21/2019 1:30:00 PM
SSTA 3/25/2019 5:00:00 PM
SJR 6
SJR006A.PDF SJUD 4/1/2019 1:30:00 PM
SSTA 3/21/2019 1:30:00 PM
SSTA 3/25/2019 5:00:00 PM
SSTA 3/26/2019 1:30:00 PM
SJR 6
SJR 6 ver A Sectional 3.21.19.pdf SJUD 4/1/2019 1:30:00 PM
SSTA 3/21/2019 1:30:00 PM
SSTA 3/25/2019 5:00:00 PM
SSTA 3/26/2019 1:30:00 PM
SJR 6
SJR 6 Fiscal Note.PDF SJUD 4/1/2019 1:30:00 PM
SSTA 3/21/2019 1:30:00 PM
SSTA 3/25/2019 5:00:00 PM
SSTA 3/26/2019 1:30:00 PM
SJR 6
SJR 6 Slide Show Presentation & Analysis.pdf SSTA 3/21/2019 1:30:00 PM
SSTA 3/25/2019 5:00:00 PM
SSTA 3/26/2019 1:30:00 PM
SJR 6
SJR 6 Additional Slides.pdf SSTA 3/21/2019 1:30:00 PM
SSTA 3/25/2019 5:00:00 PM
SSTA 3/26/2019 1:30:00 PM
SJR 6
SJR 6 - Leg. Legal Memo.pdf SJUD 4/1/2019 1:30:00 PM
SSTA 3/25/2019 5:00:00 PM
SJR 6
SJR 6 - DOL Memo - re amendment vs. revision.pdf SJUD 4/1/2019 1:30:00 PM
SSTA 3/25/2019 5:00:00 PM
SJR 6
SJR 6 Various Written testimonies.pdf SSTA 3/25/2019 5:00:00 PM
SJR 6
03.27.2019 - SJR6 MORE Responses to SSTA.pdf SSTA 3/25/2019 5:00:00 PM
SJR 6