SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

 

 

January 15, 2001                                                                                                     Hearing Room B

1:00 PM                                                                                                                                   Tape 1

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Sen. Bill Fisher, Chair

Sen. Gary George

Sen. Frank Shields

 

MEMBER EXCUSED:          Sen. Margaret Carter, Vice-Chair

                                                Sen. Ken Messerle

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Rick Berkobien, Administrator

Andrew Morris, Committee Assistant

 

 

MEASURE/ISSUES HEARD:           Organizational Meeting                                                                                                                      SB 43 Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                SB 44 Public Hearing and 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 Fisher

Calls meeting to order at 1:18 p.m. and opens an organizational meeting.

ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING

015

Sen. George

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT the proposed Committee Rules dated 01/15/01.

 

 

VOTE:  3-0

EXCUSED:  2 – Sen. Carter,  Sen. Messerle

 

020

Chair Fisher

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

022

Chair Fisher

Closes the organizational meeting and opens a public hearing on SB 43.

SB 43 PUBLIC HEARING

043

Rick Berkobien

Administrator.  Explains SB 43 to the committee. 

063

Chair Fisher

Discusses his role on the audit committee.  Describes the background of SB 43.  States appreciation to the Commission for the Blind for their willingness to work with the audit committee.

075

Sen. Shields

Asks who was previously providing fiscal oversight.

076

Chair Fisher

Responds no one was responsible for oversight.

078

Berkobien

Adds the duties fell on agency administrators to report oversight to the commission.

080

Sen. Shields

Asks if staff was performing oversight without supervision from the commission. 

081

Berkobien

Responds the policies were not necessarily being followed as designed.

091

Chair Fisher

Closes the public hearing and opens a work session on SB 43.

SB 43 WORK SESSION

093

Sen. Shields

MOTION:  Moves SB 43 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

099

Sen. George

Asks if the bill is to formalize current practices.

100

Chair Fisher

Responds affirmatively.

102

Sen. Shields

Asks how long the commission has been providing oversight.

104

Chair Fisher

Responds about four to six months.

 

 

VOTE:  3-0

EXCUSED:  2 - Sen. Carter, Sen. Messerle

 

113

Chair Fisher

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

 

SEN. FISHER will lead discussion on the floor.

116

Chair Fisher

Closes the work session on SB 43 and opens a public hearing on SB 44.

SB 44 PUBLIC HEARING

121

Berkobien

Explains SB 44 to the committee.

133

Linda Mock

Commission for the Blind.  Testifies in support of SB 44.  Gives background of the proposed legislation.  Recommends removing the word “needy” from line 7 of SB 44. 

169

Sen. Shields

Asks about current language and if it is unnecessary.

177

Mock

Responds the original wording was done with the Department of Human Services (DHS) programs in mind, however, not all programs are need based.

184

Chair Fisher

Comments on the language.

189

Sen. Shields

States concern about broadening the language.

202

Chair Fisher

Reviews current administrative rules regarding eligibility.

215

Sen. Shields

Points out differences in language relating to administrative rules. 

242

Mock

Suggests using the wording “eligible applicant.”

258

Chair Fisher

States the Commission for the Blind does not have monetary aid.  States the bill directs the commission to work with other divisions in determining financial aid. 

291

Berkobien

Comments on the amendment process. 

299

Chair Fisher

Outlines amendment recommendations. 

307

Mock

States agreement with Chair Fisher.

311

Sen. George

Asks for an analysis of the word “needy.”

316

Chair Fisher

Explains “needy.”

335

Chair Fisher

Closes the public hearing and opens a work session on SB 44.

SB 44 WORK SESSION

338

Sen. Shields

States dislike for the word needy.  Gives suggestion for new wording to include “financial aid for eligible blind.”

349

Chair Fisher

States the intent was to not involve the financial aid aspect because of the affects on other programs. 

359

Sen. Shields

Asks if Mock would like the wording “financial aid” in line 7, to be deleted.

362

Mock

Responds affirmatively. 

370

Sen. Shields

States concern about eligibility.

380

Mock

Gives recommendations to the committee.

395

Chair Fisher

Asks for amendments to be drafted. 

425

Chair Fisher

Closes work session and adjourns the meeting at 2:46 p.m.

                                                                                                                                   

Submitted By,                                                                           Reviewed By,

 

 

 

Andrew Morris,                                                                        Rick Berkobien,

Committee Assistant                                                                 Administrator