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Topic Selection Subcommittee
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Minutes

May 1, 2001

The meeting of the Topic Selection Subcommittee of the Legislative Audit Commission was called to order by Representative Dan McElroy on Tuesday, May 1, 2001 at 8:07 A.M. in Room 229, State Capitol.

Members Present:

Senator Dave Johnson Representative Dan McElroy
Senator Sheila Kiscaden Representative Michelle Rifenberg
Senator Ann H. Rest Representative Wes Skoglund

Representative McElroy indicated the purpose of the meeting was to review the results of a survey of legislators concerning possible program evaluation topics and to select five or six to recommend to the full Legislative Audit Commission. He recognized Roger Brooks, Deputy Legislative Auditor for Program Evaluation.

Mr. Brooks reviewed the results of the legislative survey and answered questions from members.

Senator Rest joined the meeting and assumed the chair.

Representative Dan McElroy moved that the state printer and unemployment insurance topics be removed from consideration. Motion carried.

Senator Rest moved that the Pollution Control Agency and welfare programs topics be considered for inclusion. Motion carried.

Representative Dan McElroy moved that the state employee health insurance topic be considered for inclusion. Motion carried.

Representative Skoglund moved that the teacher recruitment and retention topic be considered for inclusion. Motion carried.

Senator Rest suggested that the class size topic be removed from consideration.

Senator Rest moved that the public employee pension policy topic be removed from consideration. Motion carried.

Representative Rifenberg moved that recycling be considered for inclusion. Motion carried.

Senator Rest recognized James Nobles, Legislative Auditor. Mr. Nobles indicated that because the budget has not yet been determined, it was unknown how many studies the office would have the resources to complete. Senator Rest suggested the subcommittee recommend six topics and that one could be dropped if the budget did not allow for that many.

Representative Rifenberg moved that the following topics be recommended to the full commission: teacher recruitment and retention, state employee health insurance, pollution control agency, recycling, and welfare programs. Motion carried. Senator Kiscaden moved that unemployment insurance be recommended to the full commission as a possible smaller topic. Motion carried.

The meeting adjourned at 9:00 a.m.

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Senator Ann H. Rest, Chair

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Jean Barnhill, Recording Secretary

 

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