CONFERENCE COMMITTEE ON HB 2727

 

 

June 20, 2001                                                                                                         Hearing Room B

10:00 AM                                                                                                                                Tape 1

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Rep. Mark Simmons, Chair

                                                Rep. Jim Hill

                                                Rep. Kurt Schrader

                                                Sen. Peter Courtney

                                                Sen. Verne Duncan

                                                Sen. David Nelson

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Mark Jolley, Committee Administrator

Patrick Brennan, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURE/ISSUES HEARD:           HB 2727A Work Session

 

These minutes are in compliance with Senate and House Rules.  Only text enclosed in quotation marks reports a speaker’s exact words.  For complete contents, please refer to the tapes.

 

TAPE/#

Speaker

Comments

TAPE 1, A

004

Chair Simmons

Calls the committee to order at 10:06 a.m. States that the requested amendments have an error that must be corrected before action can be taken on the bill.  Opens a work session on HB 2727A.

HB 2727A WORK SESSION

017

Rep. Hill

Describes the changes to be made to the amendments, primarily a change to the list of distribution funds from SB 622 (1999)

024

Sen. Courtney

Notes that there has been a great deal of attention directed toward the proposed amendments.

037

Sen. Duncan

Requests that copies of the corrected amendments be distributed to committee members prior to reconvening.

042

Sen. Nelson

Requests clarification whether the changes to the SB 622 allocation formula includes distribution amounts to K-12 schools for telecommunications technology.

050

Rep. Hill

Answers that neither the bill nor the amendments deal with that issue.

052

Sen. Duncan

Asks whether the parties to the bill will have opposition to the proposed amendments.

055

Chair Simmons

Replies that there should be no opposition to the proposed amendments.

059

Rep. Schrader

Asks what amendments will be under consideration.

061

Chair Simmons

Responds that the –A9 amendments (EXHIBIT A) may be considered, as well as the yet-to-be-received amendments that Rep. Hill described above.  Declares the meeting to be in recess at 10:12 a.m.

 

 

 

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075

Chair Simmons

Reconvenes the meeting at 4:30 p.m.

080

Mark Jolley

Committee Administrator.  Provides a description of the –9 amendments and –11 amendments (EXHIBIT B). 

106

Rep. Hill

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT HB 2727-A9 amendments dated 6/20/01.

109

 

VOTE:  5-1

AYE:            5 - Courtney, Duncan, Hill, Nelson, Simmons

NAY:            1 - Schrader

 

Chair Simmons

The motion Carries.

 

 

 

111

Rep. Hill

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT HB 2727-A11 amendments dated 6/20/01.

113

Rep. Schrader

Requests clarification regarding the reprioritization of the allocations, specifically changes with other educational institutions and the insertion of the Legislative Administration Committee.

117

Rep. Hill

Explains that some of the anticipated funds were not received, which has required reprioritization of allocations.  Emphasizes the importance of increasing public access to the legislature.

136

Rep. Schrader

Asks whether representatives for education interests support the –A11 amendments.

140

Rep. Hill

States he has not spoken to education groups regarding the –A11 amendments but says the amendments increase the allocation to K-12 education.

146

Rep. Schrader

States that the bill as amended appears to reduce, rather than increase allocations.

148

Rep. Hill

Explains that other statutes affect the distribution of funds and that the amended bill simply alters how money flows out of the fund.  Says there is no expectation that any of the funds will be affected by the reductions.

159

Rep. Schrader

Asks whether representatives for higher education have signed off on the –A11 amendments.

160

Rep. Hill

Replies that he has not discussed the amendments with representatives for higher education.

163

Rep. Schrader

Asks if there is any known objection to the –A11 amendments among providers.

165

Rep. Hill

Clarifies that the amended bill has no effect on providers.

171

Rep. Schrader

Remarks that the amendments appear proscriptive, as they allow access to funds that may or may not be available or consistent with the original intent of SB 622.  Requests that the committee solicit testimony from representatives of higher education prior to taking action.

180

Sen. Duncan

Echoes the concerns of Rep. Schrader.

188

Chair Simmons

Opines that the –A11 amendments are consistent with the legislature’s latitude and responsibility.  Offers to solicit additional information to address the concerns of Rep. Schrader and Sen. Duncan.  Declares the meeting to be in recess at 4:36 p.m.

 

 

 

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195

Chair Simmons

Reconvenes the meeting at 4:56 p.m.

199

Sen. Duncan

States that several education representatives have been provided copies of the –A11 amendments.  States he will support the motion to adopt the amendments, adding that if there is a significant problem with them he may move not to adopt the conference committee report on the floor of the Senate.

207

Rep. Schrader

Concurs with Sen. Duncan.

 

 

VOTE:  6-0

 

Chair Simmons

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

 

216

Rep. Hill

MOTION:  Moves HB 2727A to the floor with the recommendation that the House CONCUR in Senate amendments dated 4/11/01 and that the bill be FURTHER AMENDED by the –A9 and –A11 amendments and the measure be REPASSED.

223

 

VOTE:  6-0

 

Chair Simmons

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

REP. SIMMONS will lead discussion in the House.

SEN. DUNCAN will lead discussion in the Senate.

226

Chair Simmons

Closes the work session on HB 2727A and adjourns the meeting at  4:57 p.m.

 

Submitted By,                                                                           Reviewed By,

 

 

 

Patrick Brennan,                                                                       Mark Jolley,

Committee Assistant                                                                 Committee Administrator

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – HB 2727A, -A9 amendments, Ken Armstrong, 4 pp.

B – HB 2727A, -A11 amendments, Rep. Jim Hill, 12 pp.