|BILL: SB 3||SHORT TITLE: FUNDING FOR SCHOOL MEALS|
|BILL VERSION: CSSB 3(FIN)|
|CURRENT STATUS: (H) FIN||STATUS DATE: 03/07/11|
|SPONSOR(s): SENATOR(S) WIELECHOWSKI, ELLIS, DAVIS, EGAN, FRENCH, KOOKESH, MCGUIRE, MENARD, PASKVAN, THOMAS|
REPRESENTATIVE(S)Kawasaki, Petersen, Kerttula, Munoz
TITLE: "An Act providing for funding for school lunch and breakfast; and providing for an effective date."
See where it says "Current Status" above? The (H) means House (of Representatives) and FIN means Finance Committee. It passed the Senate last year pretty quickly. And then it went to the House Finance Committee on March 3, 2011. It's been there ever since. Since the Legislature is on a two year cycle, and this is the second year, it's still there.
Note that the first sponsor is Wielechowski. He's an Anchorage Democrat who has also been a strong opponent of HB 110. That's the bill the Governor wants that will give the oil companies a $2 billion a year break on their taxes. Each year. In exchange for vague words about more jobs and investment. Words. Not even written down. No commitments.
Kokayi is planning to wait until Feb. 6 to see if the Finance Committee co-chairs will let the bill out on to the House floor for a vote. If they don't, he's pledged to fast until they do.
I'm betting he's going to lose a lot of weight.
HB 110 is the highest priority of the House Republicans and the Governor. Now that all the politicians that went to prison for corruption are out, it seems like things are getting back to how they were.
I'm guessing that as long as Wielechowski is going to fight to block HB100 in the Senate (and he's not alone on that - Republicans and Democrats defeated it last year) S3 isn't moving. That's how they play the game in Juneau. Wielechowski's bill to fund school breakfasts and lunches (we're one of the few states that doesn't provide state money for that even though most other states are in a financial pinch and we've got $2 billion a year to give back to the oil companies). I doubt that co-chairs Stolze (Chugiak/South Matsu) or Thomas (Haines) will move the bill until HB 110 is passed through the Senate. And even then chairs have been known to just let a bill die as a form of punishment. I don't know for sure that's what's happening. Maybe they just think $2 million to feed hungry kids is a waste of money as opposed to getting $2 billion back into the oil company coffers.
What are you going to do to help Kokayi End Child Hunger in Alaska by 2015? He's got links at his site to write a letter and to join the peanut butter drive.