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SB 135: "An Act relating to the powers of the Alaska Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission; requiring certain set net fishers to vote on the question of whether their entry permits shall be subject to a state buy-back program; establishing a buy-back program for certain set net entry permits; providing for the termination of set net site leases held by individuals who participate in the entry permit buy-back program; providing for a condition on future leases of certain state land; and providing for an effective date."

00                             SENATE BILL NO. 135                                                                         
01 "An Act relating to the powers of the Alaska Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission;                                     
02 requiring certain set net fishers to vote on the question of whether their entry permits                                
03 shall be subject to a state buy-back program; establishing a buy-back program for                                       
04 certain set net entry permits; providing for the termination of set net site leases held by                             
05 individuals who participate in the entry permit buy-back program; providing for a                                       
06 condition on future leases of certain state land; and providing for an effective date."                                 
07 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                                
08    * Section 1. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section                          
09 to read:                                                                                                                
10       FINDINGS.  The Alaska State Legislature finds that it is in the public interest to                                
11 reduce the number of commercial set net fishers on the east side of Cook Inlet.                                         
12    * Sec. 2. AS 16.43.200(b) is amended to read:                                                                      
13            (b)  The commission may modify or change the boundaries of an                                            
01       administrative area or divide an existing administrative area into two or more                                
02       separate administrative areas when necessary and consistent with the purposes of                              
03       this chapter.                                                                                                     
04    * Sec. 3. AS 16.43.200 is amended by adding new subsections to read:                                               
05 (c)  Notwithstanding (a) and (b) of this section, for the purposes of issuing                                           
06 entry permits and controlling entry into the commercial set net fishery on the east side                                
07 of Cook Inlet, the commission shall establish the area administered on December 31,                                     
08 2018, as the Eastern Set Net Subdistrict of the Cook Inlet Central District as a distinct                               
09       administrative area separate from the Cook Inlet Central District.                                                
10 (d)  An individual who holds an entry permit that entitles the person to set net                                        
11 commercially in the area that was administered on December 31, 2018, by the                                             
12 commission as the Cook Inlet Central District may not set net commercially in the                                       
13       area established under (c) of this section.                                                                       
14    * Sec. 4. AS 38.05.082 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:                                              
15 (g)  Notwithstanding (a) - (d) of this section, the director may not enter into a                                       
16 new lease, or accept assignment or sublease of an existing lease, for shore fisheries                                   
17 development for shore gill net fishing on the east side of Cook Inlet adjacent to the                                   
18 area administered by the Alaska Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission on                                                
19 December 31, 2018, as the Eastern Set Net Subdistrict of the Cook Inlet Central                                         
20 District.  However, the director may extend or renew an existing lease for shore                                        
21       fisheries development for shore gill net fishing.                                                                 
22    * Sec. 5. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to                          
23 read:                                                                                                                   
24 TRANSITION: REASSIGNMENT OF COOK INLET CENTRAL DISTRICT SET                                                             
25 NET ENTRY PERMITS. (a) On January 1, 2019, an individual holding an entry permit for                                    
26 the Cook Inlet set net fishery shall be reassigned an entry permit for the Cook Inlet Central                           
27 District set net fishery, consistent with the boundaries of that administrative area established                        
28 under AS 16.43.200, as amended by secs. 2 and 3 of this Act, unless the individual provides                             
29 proof satisfactory to the Alaska Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission of the individual's                              
30 participation in the fishery in the Eastern Set Net Subdistrict of the Cook Inlet Central District                      
31 within the two years preceding December 31, 2018.                                                                       
01 (b)  An individual who provides proof satisfactory to the Alaska Commercial Fisheries                                   
02 Entry Commission of the individual's participation in the fishery in the Eastern Set Net                                
03 Subdistrict of the Cook Inlet Central District under (a) of this section shall be reassigned an                         
04 entry permit on January 1, 2019, for the new administrative area established under                                      
05 AS 16.43.200(c), enacted by sec. 3 of this Act.                                                                         
06    * Sec. 6. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to                          
07 read:                                                                                                                   
08 ELECTION FOR COMMERCIAL SET NET FISHING PERMIT BUY-BACK                                                                 
09 PROGRAM.  (a) On March 1, 2019, the commission, with the cooperation of the Department                                  
10 of Natural Resources, shall conduct an election among individuals qualified under (b) of this                           
11 section on the question of whether to establish an entry permit buy-back program under sec. 7                           
12 of this Act.                                                                                                            
13 (b)  An individual is eligible to vote in the election conducted under (a) of this section                              
14 if the individual holds                                                                                                 
15 (1)  an entry permit for set net fishing in the administrative area established                                         
16 under AS 16.43.200(c), enacted by sec. 3 of this Act; and                                                               
17 (2)  a land lease from the Department of Natural Resources under                                                        
18 AS 38.05.082 that allows the individual to fish the individual's shore set net entry permit.                            
19 (c)  In conducting the election under this section, the commission shall adopt the                                      
20 following procedures:                                                                                                   
21 (1)  not less than 30 days before the date on which ballots must be postmarked                                          
22 to be counted in the election, the commission shall hold at least one public meeting to explain                         
23 the buy-back program to eligible voters and other interested persons and to explain the                                 
24 registration and voting procedure to be used in the election; the commission shall provide                              
25 notice of the meeting by                                                                                                
26                 (A)  mailing the notice to each eligible entry permit holder;                                           
27 (B)  posting the notice in at least three public places in the voting                                                   
28       region; and                                                                                                       
29 (C)  publishing the notice in at least one newspaper of general                                                         
30 circulation in the voting region at least once a week for two consecutive weeks before                                  
31       the meeting;                                                                                                      
01 (2)  the commission shall mail two ballots to each eligible entry permit holder;                                        
02 the commission shall mail the first ballot not more than 45 days before the date on which                               
03 ballots must be postmarked to be counted in the election; the commission shall mail the                                 
04 second ballot not less than 15 days before the date on which ballots must be postmarked to be                           
05 counted in the election; the commission shall adopt procedures to ensure that only one ballot                           
06 from each eligible entry permit holder is counted in the election;                                                      
07            (3)  the ballot must                                                                                         
08                 (A)  ask whether the buy-back program established by sec. 7 of this Act                                 
09       should be implemented;                                                                                            
10 (B)  indicate the boundaries of the region in which the buy-back                                                        
11       program would apply;                                                                                              
12 (C)  clarify the details of the buy-back program, including the entry                                                   
13 permit buy-back price to be offered by the commission under sec. 7 of this Act if the                                   
14       program is approved;                                                                                              
15 (D)  provide an effective date for the initiation of the entry permit buy-                                              
16       back program if the program is approved; and                                                                      
17 (E)  indicate the date on which returned ballots must be postmarked in                                                  
18       order to be counted;                                                                                              
19 (4)  the ballots must be returned by mail and counted by the commission or a                                            
20 person approved by the commission.                                                                                      
21 (d)  If the commission determines that the procedural requirements of (c) of this                                       
22 section have been satisfied, the commission shall certify the results of the election within 45                         
23 days after the date on which ballots must be postmarked.                                                                
24 (e)  In this section, "commission" means the Alaska Commercial Fisheries Entry                                          
25 Commission established under AS 16.43.020.                                                                              
26    * Sec. 7. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to                          
27 read:                                                                                                                   
28 COMMERCIAL SHORE SET NET ENTRY PERMIT BUY-BACK PROGRAM. (a)                                                             
29 If, in the election held under sec. 6 of this Act, the voters approve the buy-back program                              
30 established by this section, an individual who holds a commercial fishing set net entry permit                          
31 for the administrative area established under AS 16.43.200(c), enacted by sec. 3 of this Act,                           
01 and a shore fisheries development lease for shore gill net fishing from the Department of                               
02 Natural Resources under AS 38.05.082 may, subject to (c) of this section, sell the individual's                         
03 entry permit to the commission.                                                                                         
04 (b)  Participation in the buy-back program established under this section is voluntary.                                 
05 The commission shall purchase permits in the order in which they are offered for sale to the                            
06 commission. The commission shall have the right of first refusal to purchase an entry permit                            
07 subject to buy-back under this section. When an entry permit subject to this section is offered                         
08 for sale to the commission, without encumbrances, the commission shall, subject to                                      
09 appropriation, purchase the entry permit for $260,000. An entry permit purchased by the                                 
10 commission under this section shall be cancelled, and the commission may not reissue the                                
11 permit or issue another permit in the place of the cancelled permit.                                                    
12 (c)  The commission shall terminate the entry permit buy-back program under this                                        
13 section when the number of commercial set net entry permits fished in the new administrative                            
14 area established under AS 16.43.200(c), enacted by sec. 3 of this Act, on land leased from the                          
15 Department of Natural Resources under AS 38.05.082 is reduced by 40 percent from the                                    
16 number of set net entry permits fished in that same area in 2017.                                                       
17 (d)  When the commission purchases an entry permit under (b) of this section, the                                       
18 commission shall provide the Department of Natural Resources with notice of the sale, the                               
19 seller's identity, and the affected lease under AS 38.05.082.                                                           
20 (e)  Upon notice from the commission under (d) of this section, and notwithstanding                                     
21 AS 38.05.085, the Department of Natural Resources shall                                                                 
22 (1)  without penalty or charge, terminate a land lease held under AS 38.05.082                                          
23 used to fish an entry permit purchased by the commission under (b) of this section; and                                 
24 (2)  prohibit future leases of the property for shore gill net fishing as provided                                      
25 by AS 38.05.082(g), enacted by sec. 4 of this Act.                                                                      
26 (f)  The acquisition of entry permits under this section is not subject to AS 36.30 (State                              
27 Procurement Code).                                                                                                      
28 (g)  In this section, "commission," means the Alaska Commercial Fisheries Entry                                         
29 Commission established under AS 16.43.020.                                                                              
30    * Sec. 8. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to                          
31 read:                                                                                                                   
01 CONDITIONAL EFFECT FOR SEC. 7; NOTIFICATION TO LIEUTENANT                                                               
02 GOVERNOR AND REVISOR OF STATUTES. (a) Section 7 of this Act takes effect only if,                                       
03 before June 1, 2018, the chair of the Alaska Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission                                      
04 provides written notice to the lieutenant governor and the revisor of statutes under (b) of this                        
05 section.                                                                                                                
06 (b)  The chair of the Alaska Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission designated                                           
07 under AS 16.43.020 shall, before June 1, 2018, notify the lieutenant governor and the revisor                           
08 of statutes in writing if the election to approve or disapprove the entry permit buy-back                               
09 program held under sec. 6 of this Act resulted in an affirmative majority vote as certified                             
10 under sec. 6 of this Act.                                                                                               
11    * Sec. 9. AS 16.43.200(c) and (d), enacted by sec. 3 of this Act, take effect January 1, 2019.                     
12    * Sec. 10. If, under sec. 8 of this Act, sec. 7 of this Act takes effect, it takes effect on July 1,               
13 2019.                                                                                                                   
14    * Sec. 11. Except as provided in secs. 9 and 10 of this Act, this Act takes effect July 1,                         
15 2018.