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2018-01-26 House JournalFull Journal pdf
2018-01-26 House Journal Page 2258 HB 315 HOUSE BILL NO. 315 by the House Rules Committee by request of the Governor, entitled: "An Act relating to the confidentiality of certain records on animals and crops; and providing for an effective date." was read the first time and referred to the Judiciary and Resources Committees. The following fiscal note(s) apply: 1. Zero, Dept. of Environmental Conservation The Governor's transmittal letter dated January 25 follows: "Dear Speaker Edgmon: Under the authority of Article III, Section 18, of the Alaska Constitution, I am transmitting a bill relating to confidentiality of animal and crop records. The bill would make confidential certain records of animal or crop importation and lab testing. Farmers in Alaska must provide certain practices and information in order to comply with federal and state regulations. Commonly, farmers disclose animal importation records, farm locations, test results, and animal identification to the State. Farmers may be reluctant to participate in voluntary testing of animals in order to protect their information and competitive advantage, which increases the risk of animal disease outbreaks. Providing confidentiality for these records will promote farmer participation in voluntary testing. Confidentiality would also limit a competitor's unfair advantage in the market by not making available information regarding trade secrets and proprietary business information. Confidential records may still be disclosed if there is a threat to the 2018-01-26 House Journal Page 2259 health or safety of an animal, crop, or to the public. This bill also provides a definition for 'varietal'. I urge your prompt and favorable action on this bill. Sincerely, /s/ Bill Walker Governor"