HOUSE SPECIAL SESSION COMMITTEE ON BUDGET

 

 

March 01, 2002   Hearing Room F

6:30 p.m. Tape 5

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:            Rep. Ben Westlund, Chair

Rep. Susan Morgan

Rep. Kurt Schrader

Rep. Lane Shetterly

 

MEMBER EXCUSED:            Rep. Jan Lee

 

STAFF PRESENT:                  Adrienne Sexton, Legislative Analyst

                                                Ken Rocco, Legislative Fiscal Officer

                                                Paul Warner, Legislative Revenue Officer

Cara Filsinger, Committee Administrator

Marjorie Taylor, Committee Administrator

 

MEASURES HEARD:                     Committee Bill Introductions:

                                                            LC 51 - Elections

                                                Public Hearings and Work Sessions:

                                                            HB 4041

                                                            SB 5575-A

 

 

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 5, A

003

Chair Westlund

Calls meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.

005

 

Committee sings “Happy Birthday” to Paul Warner, Legislative Revenue Officer.

015

Chair Westlund

Opens a public hearing on HB 4041.

HB 4041 - PUBLIC HEARING

022

Chair Westlund

Calls for witnesses. Seeing none, closes the public hearing and opens a work session on HB 4041.

HB 4041 - WORK SESSION

027

Paul Warner

Explains that HB 4041 is the ballot title for HJR 76.  Says the ballot title is an alternative for HB 4042, which would establish a procedure for the Attorney General to develop a ballot title.

035

Rep. Shetterly

Asks about the amendments and whether they need to wait until the committee votes on HJR 76.

038

Chair Westlund

Responds in the affirmative.  Closes the work session on HB 4041 and opens a work session for committee measure introductions.

WORK SESSION FOR COMMITTEE BILL INTRODUCTIONS

047

Warner

Explains that LC 51  is the ballot title for SJR 50. Says the ballot title language is the same as in HB 4041.  Says this will go into effect if SJR 50 is on the ballot.

055

Rep. Schrader

Asks why LC 51 is needed.

058

Rep. Shetterly

Responds that the Secretary of State may or may not rescind SJR 50 as requested. States if that is the case, then SJR 50 will appear on the ballot, with the ballot title in LC 51.

073

Rep. Schrader

Asks if this corrects mistakes.

076

Rep. Shetterly

Says LC 51 does not have anything to do with the content of SJR 50, rather it is the ballot title.

080

Chair Westlund

Says the ballot title in LC 51 is more succinct and accurate.

082

Rep. Shetterly

MOTION:  Moves LC 51 BE INTRODUCED as a committee bill.

 

 

VOTE:  4-0 -1

EXCUSED:  1 – Rep. Lee

085

Chair Westlund

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

         Note: LC 51 is introduced as HB 4042.

086

Chair Westlund

Explains the order of business for the committee. Opens a public hearing on SB 5575-A.

SB 5575-A – PUBLIC HEARING

103

Chair Westlund

Calls for witnesses. Seeing none, closes the public hearing and opens a work session on SB 5575-A.

SB 5575-A – WORK SESSION

108

Chair Westlund

Explains the measure.

114

Ken Rocco

Legislative Fiscal Officer. Explains SB 5575-A and proposed –A5 amendments (EXHIBIT A).  Says this is the omnibus disappropriations bill. Details changes made by the –A5 amendments.

127

Rocco

Says the three budget restorations included in the –A5 amendments are:  $1 million for Judicial Department; $676,630 for State Police rural forensic labs; and $323,370 for the Department of Human Services for sheltered services employment program.

150

Rocco

Describes the fund shifts included in the –A5 amendments:  $200 million from the Education Stability Fund; $131 million from Medicaid Upper Payment Limit; $62.5 million from tobacco settlement revenues; $20 million reduction in the ending balance; $20 million from senior deferral; $16 million income tax collections; $14 million from 9-1-1 balance, $3.7 million from one-half the proceeds of the Boardman property; $3 million from Sunday liquor sales; $2.5 million from Corrections federal funds shift; and $5 million from National Marine Fisheries Service federal funds shift; and $1.7 million in anticipated general fund reversions due to Department of Administrative Services assessments.

168

Rep. Schrader

Asks about LEMLA funds.

170

Rocco

Responds the figures include $1 million in LEMLA funds.

172

Rep. Schrader

Asks about tobacco settlement funds and ending balance.

177

Chair Westlund

Clarifies the nature of the proposal at hand. Says the proposal is similar to those considered previously by the committee. Says the “hole” of $68 million was filled with tobacco money and a reduction in the ending balance.

196

Rep. Schrader

Asks about the restoration of sheltered services.

200

Chair Westlund

Says it is about half.

202

Rocco

Explains the cut to sheltered services is about $182,136.

209

Rep. Schrader

Asks what the percent reduction is for the Judicial Department.

213

Chair Westlund

Replies it is about 5.9%.

219

Rocco

Clarifies the answer is about right.

223

Rep. Schrader

Asks for clarification.

225

Rocco

Says the total cut for the Judicial Department is $24.1 million.

229

Chair Westlund

Says all other branches of government are taking a 6.6% cut.

234

Rep. Schrader

Asks where in the amendments the restorations are reflected.

239

Rocco

Clarifies the forensic labs are the only restorations.

245

Rep. Schrader

Asks for line numbers.  Questions the $200 million amount listed for K-12.

253

Chair Westlund

Says it will be taken care of tomorrow.

256

Rocco

Clarifies the answer to Rep. Schrader’s earlier question regarding where the restorations are listed in the documents.

275

Rep. Schrader

Asks for a break-out for various restorations and changes.

286

Chair Westlund

Says there is a more detailed report.

292

Rep. Schrader

Asks again where in the measure the cuts are listed.

294

Rocco

Says the budget report prepared by Legislative Fiscal will be more detailed than the appropriation bill.

302

Rep. Schrader

Asks for the more detailed listing.

308

Chair Westlund

Says the measure is confusing. 

317

Rep. Morgan

Clarifies the changes.

319

Chair Westlund

Clarifies handout available to the committee.

325

Rep. Schrader

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 5575-A5 amendments dated 3/1/02.

 

 

VOTE:  4-0-1

EXCUSED:  1 – Lee

332

Chair Westlund

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

335

Rep. Schrader

MOTION:  Moves SB 5575A to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

338

Rep. Schrader

Asks for more detail in budget report.

344

Rep. Shetterly

Asks about a possible budget note regarding forensic labs.

350

Chair Westlund

Says that is a good idea.

333

Rep. Shetterly

Clarifies budget note would say the State Police would not close any forensic labs unless approved by the Emergency Board.

 

 

VOTE:  4-0-1

EXCUSED:  1 – Lee

372

Chair Westlund

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

REP. WESTLUND will lead discussion on the floor.

392

Chair Westlund

Recesses the committee at 7:30 p.m.

394

Chair Westlund

Calls the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. and adjourns the committee at 7:30 p.m.

 

Submitted By,                        Reviewed By,

 

 

 

Cara Filsinger                        Adrienne Sexton,

Committee Administrator                        Legislative Analyst

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A- SB 5575-A5 Amendments, Staff, 22 pp